Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Assailant at Paris' Notre-Dame reportedly said, 'This is for Syria'

Assailant at Paris' Notre-Dame reportedly said, 'This is for Syria'

"A person came up behind the police officers, armed with a hammer, and started to hit the police officer", Mr Collomb said.

A police officer has been injured and his alleged attacker has been apprehended after police activity was reported near the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris today.

Castaner told French RTL radio the suspect - identified as a 40-year-old Algerian student - "never showed any sign of radicalization", but said it was an attack of a terrorist nature, therefore anti-terrorism prosecutors had launched a probe into the incident.

13 Nov 2015 - IS jihadists armed with bombs and assault rifles attack Paris, targeting the national stadium, cafes and Bataclan concert hall.

Pictures on social media from inside the cathedral showed people sitting down with their hands in the air apparently at the request of police. Stunning video of the incident was shot by a Bay Area man.

Notre-Dame, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Paris, typically attracts long lines of visitors.

France is under a state of emergency after a wave of militant attacks since early 2015.

Investigators are calling the attack an act of terror.

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

Authorities locked the doors to Notre Dame as the police operation unfolded, according to witnesses inside the church.

The unidentified man approached a patrol of three policemen from behind and began attacking them, French interior minister Gérard Collomb said.

While authorities urged people to stay away from the area and some took refuge inside the cathedral. A large number of police cars filled the area on the Ile de Cite island in the River Seine in the center of the French capital. His motives remain unclear but he seemed to be acting by himself and it didn't seem like a very well planned attack.

In recent weeks the focus has shifted to Britain, where a suicide bomber killed 22 people including seven children at a pop concert in the northwestern city of Manchester two weeks before the London attack.

Police investigated a terrorism scare at the scene in September 2016 after they found a vehicle loaded with cooking gas canisters and bottles of diesel fuel.

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