Man shot after attacking police in Paris

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 18, 2017

Paris authorities placed the historic Notre Dame Cathedral on lockdown following reports that an attacker went after a police officer with a hammer Tuesday.

As dozens of police vans and helmeted police officers cordoned off the area around the famous cathedral in central Paris, visitors were advised to stay away.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

The 22-year-old police officer sustained minor neck injuries in the assault in the packed square at one of France's most visited tourist attractions.

A large group of tourists are believed to be trapped inside the cathedral while security personnel deal with the incident outside. We are with our 2 terrified children'.

The counter-terrorism unit of Paris prosecutor's office has opened an investigation, CBS News reported.

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A woman interviewed from inside Notre Dame by Britain's Sky News told of hearing shots and screams, then seeing a human wave of fearful sightseers pour into the cathedral for shelter.

Previous major attacks targeted the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in January 2015 and in November that year, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked venues around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall, killing 130 people.

The main square has been evacuated and that a police operation is underway.

A hammer and kitchen knives were found on the assailant, as well as documents suggesting he was an Algerian student, Collomb said.

Authorities told people to stay away from the area and some took refuge inside the cathedral.

Soldiers patrol its streets alongside police to guard tourist sites, government buildings and events.

One holidaymaker inside Notre Dame posted on Twitter: "Not the holiday experience wanted".

Sharples and others were let out by police just after 6:30 p.m. Paris time.

Both France and Britain have suffered a spate of militant attacks in recent months. Two others were wounded in the attack.

A source from the terror probe told AFP that the attacker was an Islamic State "solider of caliphate".

In September, Notre Dame was already the scene of a scare after a auto full of gas canisters was found parked nearby.

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