AN Algerian student was shot and wounded after attacking a police officer with a hammer outside Notre Dame in Paris yesterday.
The attacker shouted ‘This is for Syria!’ as he landed a blow before another officer opened fire. Two shots were heard as the man fell to the ground in the cathedral square in front of hundreds of tourists.
French police said the man — who is in his 40s — was also carrying two kitchen knives and was identified from a student card in his pocket. Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said he was ‘believed to be acting alone’ and used ‘rudimentary items to attack the forces of law and order’. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an inquiry.
The officer suffered minor injuries and the attacker was shot in the chest, according to a source. Around 900 people inside the cathedral were made to sit on pews with their hands up as police investigated. France remains on high alert after recent terror attacks.