Wednesday 16 August 2017

Police shoot Isil 'soldier' in Paris

French police and gendarmes stand at the scene of a shooting near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French police and gendarmes stand at the scene of a shooting near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Photo: REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Henry Samuel

French police have shot a man outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris after he tried to attack them with a hammer and shouted "this is for Syria", according to the interior minister. He was also in possession of two knives. One policeman was lightly injured in the attack.

The man also said he was a "soldier of Daesh (Isil)", according to a source on the investigation.

The main square was evacuated and a police operation was underway. Paris police say the situation was brought "under control".

Anti-terror prosecutors have launched an investigation, meaning they consider the attack terror-related.

Gérard Collomb, the interior minister, who visited the scene shortly afterwards, said: "A person armed with a hammer started hitting a police officer. His colleague opened fire, ensuring the attacked officer didn't suffer any more serious harm."

He added that during the attack the man, who BFMTV said is an Algerian 'student' in his 40s, shouted: "This is for Syria."

According to BFMTV, he had two knives in a bag.

The man was "wounded" in the legs by police bullets. Earlier reports suggested he had been hit in the chest.

Around 100 elite police encircled the area to check there were no accomplices.

Irish Independent

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