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Sunday 4 December 2016

Policeman, wife and knifeman die in Paris attack

Published 14/06/2016 | 02:30

A Police vehicle blocks the road during an assault in Magnanville, 45 kms west of Paris. A man was shot dead during a dramatic police operation in the Paris suburbs late Monday, hours after he had stabbed a police officer to death. Getty Images
A Police vehicle blocks the road during an assault in Magnanville, 45 kms west of Paris. A man was shot dead during a dramatic police operation in the Paris suburbs late Monday, hours after he had stabbed a police officer to death. Getty Images
Emergency services at the scene of the attack. Getty Images

Three people were fatally stabbed including a French policeman in an attack outside Paris last night.

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However, the incident is understood to be totally unconnected to the Euro '16 events and occurred some distance from where Irish fans are based.

The stabbing occurred in the suburb of Magnanville, 55km west of the French capital.

It is also some 55km away from the centre of the Euro '16 celebrations at the Champs de Mars after Ireland's 1-1 draw with Sweden in their opening match at Stade de France.

More than 100,000 Irish fans are in France, with the majority based in campsites and hotels around Paris city centre.

French police stormed the property in the outer suburb after negotiations failed to end a hostage situation with a male attacker who had fatally stabbed a policeman at 10pm.

The attacker was holding the policeman's wife and three-year-old child hostage.

Trained negotiators failed to persuade the man to surrender.

Elite French police units stormed the property and found the policeman's wife dead inside. However, they were able to rescue the child.

The attacker, understood to be a young man, died as the house was stormed.

Initial reports said that the man was a neighbour of the police officer and that the attack may be linked to a personal dispute.

French police declined to comment on the incident.

Explosions reported in the area are understood to be flash-bang grenades used by police storming properties during hostage situations.

Irish Independent

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