Officer attacked with hammer by Notre Dame in Paris

Officer attacked with hammer by Notre Dame in Paris

Officer attacked with hammer by Notre Dame in Paris

It is thought the officer was injured during the attack before police took down the alleged assailant - who is also believed to have been carrying knives.

President Emmanuel Macron has announced he will create a special task force to better coordinate the fight against terrorism.

Paris police tweeted that one officer was wounded in the attack.

The attack was "an isolated act", government spokesman Christophe Castaner told RTL radio on Wednesday.

Following the incident, Paris police warned people to avoid the area on Twitter.

The attacker was shot in the thorax and one officer had minor injuries.

"There was a large crowd in line to go into the cathedral and when the shots fired they all started running", said a woman identified as Abigail M, according to CNN.

The entire area surrounding the landmark cathedral in the French capital has been sealed off. He said Ikken's friends and family can not believe that he is suspected in the attack, saying: "it's not the person we knew".

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the attacker shouted "this is for Syria" before launching the attack at a Paris officer outside the tourist hotspot.

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On Tuesday evening a group of 15 heavily armed elite police officers searched student accommodation in the suburbs of Paris, where the suspect rented a studio, a journalist said.

French police and gendarmes stand at the scene of a shooting incident near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

The attack came just three days after the tragic London Bridge attack which claimed the lives of seven people. Police have not released his name.

France is under a state of emergency and on its highest possible level of alert following a string of terror attacks that began in 2015, which have killed over 230 people.

Authorities said the situation was under control, and the attacker was taken to a hospital.

Two months ago, a police officer was shot dead by an attacker on the Champs Elysees.

The source said that a video in which Ikken pledged allegiance to Islamic State had been found in his flat in Cergy-Pontoise, northwest of Paris, during a police raid on Tuesday evening, after the attack.

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