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Paris police: Security operation under way near Notre Dame

Paris incident: Police attend possible shooting at Notre Dame Cathedral Man attacks police officer with hammer in Paris
Wilma Wheeler | 16 June, 2017, 03:43

PARIS An attacker at Paris Notre Dame cathedral carrying an Algerian student card shouted "this is for Syria" when he smashed with a hammer one of three police officers, French interior minister Gerard Collomb said on Tuesday.

The man was shot by the officer twice, Fox News reports, now wounded and in custody.

French police officials gather at the entrance to Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 6, 2017.

Hundreds of tourists were kept inside the cathedral as armed police responded - and one picture showed visitors with their hands in the air.

Some Twitter users posted videos and images of the scene post the cordon. One officer was hurt before the aggressor was shot in the chest.

At least one officer opened fire, injuring the attacker, who was hospitalized.

They were being released Tuesday evening one by one after careful police searches.

France unveiled on Wednesday a new counter-terrorism task force a day after a hammer-wielding man attacked police officers near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

American tourist Lawrence Langner, 73, told AP that he suddenly heard a commotion and two detonations like gunshots.

"They are being told to remain calm and stay put until police wrap up their security operation".

But he said the police response was "immediate and effective".

France is still in a state of emergency after the November 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

Journalist David Metreau, who said his office overl.

Paris prosecutors have opened a counterterrorism investigation into the incident.

"Obviously, this attack could have been far more serious if his colleague had not reacted so quickly".

Police told The Associated Press that the situation near the world-famous cathedral had ended, after earlier tweeting that people should stay away from the area.

A series of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years have put Paris on under high security.

The attack comes few days before a decisive first round of legislative elections planned for June 11 and set to continue on June 18.

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