A knife attacker has killed at least four police officers and injured at least one other at Paris’ police headquarters. The attacker was reportedly a police staffer.
A knife attack on the Paris police headquarters on Thursday left at least four police officers dead and at least one police officer injured, according police union sources.
The attacker was shot dead by another officer, according to union boss Loic Travers and police officials.
French outlets reported the attacker was an administrative officer at the Directorate of Intelligence of the Prefecture of Police.
Television pictures showed multiple emergency service vehicles at the location near Notre Dame Cathedral. The area was sealed off and the local metro station, Cite, closed.
The incident occured at the Ile de la Cite, the major island in the Seine in central Paris.
Police did not immediately confirm details of the incident or the motive of the attacker.
French media reported that the country’s Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, who was due to travel to Turkey, and the Paris prosecutor were on their way to the scene. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe also came to the scene.
aw/msh (dpa, AP, Reuters)