Notre Dame: Attacker shouted that he was a soldier of Isil as he attempted to strike police officer with hammer

6 Jun

Visiting the scene shortly afterwards, Mr Collomb said: “Three police officers were patrolling the site. A person came up behind the officers armed with a hammer and started hitting one of them.” 

Keeping a cool head, his colleague stepped back and opened fire “ensuring the attacked officer didn’t suffer any more serious harm.”

He added that during the attack the man shouted: “This is for Syria.”

He claimed to be an Algerian student and was “carrying a a card whose authenticity needs to be verified”.

According to France Info, he was born in 1977 and lived in the Val-d’Oise area North of Paris.

Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, hailed the “bravery, the reactivity and the very great professionalism of the police forces, which ensured a tragedy was averted.”

This is not the first time Notre-Dame has been linked to a terror-related incident.

Last September, six gas canisters were found in an abandoned car with a semblance of a fuse near the cathedral. Three people with links to violent Islamic extremism were subsequently arrested and a policeman stabbed and wounded during the operation.

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.

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