Paris Terrorist Copies Palestinian Authority Attackers Using Hammer, Kitchen Knives

Aaron Brown
June 14, 2017

The man with the hammer who attacked a French police officer in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday reportedly yelled "This is for Syria" before bashing the officer in the head.

Lawrence Langner, a 73-year-old American visiting the neighborhood just across the Seine from the cathedral, told reporters he suddenly heard a commotion and two gunshots.

In November 2015, 130 people were killed by gun-and-bomb attacks on several Paris locations, including the Bataclan concert hall.

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.

The attacker injured one officer before he was shot and injured by other officers.

He said preliminary information indicated the attacker had acted alone.

Karine Dalle, a spokeswoman for the Paris diocese, told BFM TV 900 people were inside the cathedral as police secured the area. The man was shot in the leg and "neutralized" by police.

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

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Visitors reported they were kept locked inside the cathedral with police not allowing them to leave for their own safety. Police investigated a terrorism scare at the scene in September 2016 after they found a vehicle loaded with cooking gas canisters and bottles of diesel fuel.

A series of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years have put Paris on under high security.

French police stand at the scene of a shooting incident near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, June 6, 2017. The French officer is also wounded, though his condition has not been made clear.

Paris is still reeling from an April attack at the Champs-Elysees that left a police officer dead.

Authorities said the situation was under control, and the attacker was taken to a hospital.

Many suspect it to be a terrorist incident.

The video pledging allegiance to the jihadist group was found in a police search of an apartment he was renting in Cergy outside Paris, the source in the investigation said.

There have been various smaller attacks since, often targeting security forces.

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