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Four officers killed in knife attack at Paris police headquarters

The attacker was shot dead during the attack.

The police headquarters is located near Notre Dame cathedral.
The police headquarters is located near Notre Dame cathedral.
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Updated Oct 3rd 2019, 1:15 PM

A MAN ARMED with a knife attacked officers inside Paris police headquarters, killing four, before he was fatally shot, a French police union official has said.

It was not immediately clear how far the assailant got inside the building, which is located across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral.

Four police officer suffered fatal wounds and another officer shot the attacker “in a situation that appears to be self-defence,” police sources said. 

Another police union official, Jean-Marc Bailleul, told French broadcaster BFM TV that information was still coming in but he understood the attacker was a police department employee.

French media reported that a staff member carried out the attack with a ceramic knife in part of the prefecture that is not open to the public.

Investigators suspect a workplace row sparked the deadliest attack on police in France in years. The attacker worked at the police building in an administrative capacity.

The attack came a day after thousands of officers marched in Paris to protest against low wages, long hours and increasing suicides in their ranks.

France’s interior minister and the Paris prosecutor were on their way to the scene.

Extremists have repeatedly targeted French police in France in recent years.

In 2017, a gunman opened fire on the Champs-Elysees boulevard, killing one officer before he was shot to death.

In 2016, an attack inspired by the Islamic State group killed a police officer and his companion, an administrator, at their home in front of their child.

With reporting from Press Association 

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