Molins also said that Abdoul Hakim A., a friend of the knifeman Khamzat Azimov, would be brought before a judge Thursday and potentially charged over his role in the attack.
He said he did not want to give more details of the two women for now, but a source close to the inquiry said one was Ines Hamza, a radicalised 19-year-old who married Abdoul Hakim A. before trying to leave for Syria in January 2017.
Molins said five other people had been wounded, and not four as previously reported.
He also said the deceased victim had been stabbed six times, with at least one “indicating an attempt to cut his throat”.
Witnesses said Azimov yelled “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) during the rampage, for which the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, later releasing a video purporting to show Azimov pledging allegiance to the jihadists.
His friend Abdoul Hakim, also 20 with Chechen origins and also on watch lists, was detained Sunday in the eastern city of Strasbourg, where the two men grew up, and later transferred to the headquarters of France’s domestic intelligence services in Paris.
“He has denied any implication in either preparing or carrying out the acts as well as any recent links with Khamzat Azimov, claiming not to have seen or been in contact with him for several months,” Molins said.
During a search of his home in Strasbourg police found seven cellphones but were unable to locate the phone he used most often, sources close to the case said.
He also revealed that Azimov had carried out his attack “with one of his mother’s kitchen knives”.
Date created : 2018-05-17