Attacker uses hammer on Paris police officers near Notre Dame

Man 'shot by police after attacking them with hammer' at Notre Dame

The wounded officer fired twice at the hammer-wielding man in the square in front of the cathedral, French police told Fox News.The attacker was hospitalized.

Authorities have not released the name of the suspect but said he was carrying identification that showed he is an Algerian student.

One hour later, police said the public would be "gradually allowed to go out, after the usual checks".

Interior minister Gerard Collomb says a special security meeting convened by French president Emmanuel Macron will examine new counterterrorism measures Wednesday at the Elysee palace. "I heard two shots and saw a man lying on the ground in a pool of blood". Trapped in Notre Dame Cathedral after police shoot a man.

The sounds of gunshots and panic being reported brought first responders to the famous Notre Dame cathedral in Paris earlier Tuesday.

Both France and Britain have suffered a spate of militant attacks in recent months.

"Obviously, this attack could have been far more serious if his colleague had not reacted so quickly".

Paris' counter-terrorism office has opened an investigation following the incident, the French prosecutor's office said.

A surveillance video obtained by Reuters showed the assailant running up to three police officers in the square outside Notre Dame and attempting to land a blow with the hammer.

Karine Dalle, a spokeswoman for the Paris diocese, told BFM TV that 900 people were inside the cathedral as police secured the area.

Witnesses described a dramatic police operation in the tourist-filled area.

Locked inside #notre dame cathedral in #paris while police investigate attack outside against a policeman. He appeared to be acting alone.

France is under a state of emergency imposed after a series of terrorist attacks in 2015 and 2016, mostly claimed by the Islamic State extremist group, that left over 230 people dead.

The 22-year-old officer sustained minor neck injuries in the assault, which comes with France on high alert after jihadists killed seven people in London on Saturday.

Cedric Michel, a police union official, told the Associated Press that the suspect was armed with a hammer.

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