Attacker dressed like ninja wounds two French policewomen with sword -police

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PARIS, Dec 2 (Reuters) - A man dressed like a ninja attacked and wounded two policewomen with a sword in Cherbourg in northwestern France on Thursday before being shot and captured, a police spokeswoman said.

She said there were no immediate signs that the attack was terrorism-related.

She said the attacker had stolen a vehicle and caused an accident, after which he assaulted two policewomen who had been called to the scene, wounding one in the face and the other in the chin.

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The assailant - dressed in black in the style of traditional Japanese ninja fighters - was shot three times by the officers and was flown to hospital by helicopter in serious condition.

The attack happened around 3:45 p.m. (1445 GMT) near a gas station of the Leclerc supermarket chain.

The name and nationality of the attacker were not immediately known.

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Reporting by Geert De Clercq Editing by Mark Heinrich

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