Terror in Paris: at least 4 killed, many wounded
Terror in Paris. A man armed with a knife killed at least four people, including three police officers, during an attack Thursday noon time inside police headquarters, before being shot and killed. It’s not clear how many people might have been wounded.
Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz did not address the 45-year-old attacker’s motives but said authorities have opened a murder investigation, for the moment ruling out a terrorism inquiry.
France’s interior minister said a wounded police employee was undergoing emergency surgery Thursday afternoon.
The attack appeared to begin inside an office around 1 p.m. local time before moving throughout the building, located across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral, union official Loic Travers said.
Travers said several others were injured during the attack. Further details on the number of people hurt and the extent of their injuries weren’t immediately available.
Parisian officials told reporters at the news conference that the suspect’s home was being searched, adding that French anti-terrorism officials were involved in the early states of the investigation.
The alleged attacker has only been identified as a 45-year-old man who has worked for 20 years as an administrator in the intelligence unit.
French President Emmanuel Macron visited the headquarters to show solidarity and support toward all police officers and employees. Other officials on the scene included the country’s prime minister, interior minister and the Paris prosecutor.
In recent years, two French police officers were targeted and killed by extremists. A gunman killed an officer on the Champs-Elysees boulevard in 2017 before being 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.