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Police stop man wielding hammer outside Paris' Notre Dame

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 00:56

A man wielding a hammer and shouting ''this is for Syria'' assaulted a police officer outside Paris' Notre Dame cathedral before he was shot and injured by law enforcement, according to police. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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Paris police have shot a man who assaulted an officer with a hammer outside the city's Notre Dame Cathedral. Law enforcement sources telling Reuters the man threatened officers with the hammer and was shot in the torso when he refused to stop. One officer sustained light injuries, they say. The extent of the suspect's wounds wasn't made clear. France's interior minister says the suspect shouted "This is for Syria" during the incident. The country's counter-terrorism office has already opened an investigation. Europe is in the midst of a wave of militant attacks inspired by Islamic extremism and Paris has seen some of the worst of those incidents. Tuesday's (June 6) incident taking place at one of the city's top tourist spots. It would come just days after militants staged a knife and vehicle attack in London.

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Police stop man wielding hammer outside Paris' Notre Dame

Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 00:56