Police Shoot Attacker Near Notre Dame Cathedral

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Paris police have urged the public to stay away from Notre Dame cathedral after numerous reports of gunfire were made.

Local media is reporting that a policeman has shot a man who attacked him, allegedly with a hammer, outside the cathedral itself.

The policeman is reportedly injured and eye-witnesses have described seeing another man, presumably the attacker, lying ‘inert’ on the ground, according to Sky News.

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At the minute, the 2,000 people who were inside the cathedralĀ at the time of the attack have been asked to stay where they are – being told that a ‘police incident’ is ongoing.

Police have since launched an anti-terror investigation.

In the aftermath of the attack numerous videos have been posted online showing the armed police presence at the scene:

Notre Dame cathedral and the surrounding area are a huge tourist attraction where there are armed police situated at all times as well as military.

The incident, which is being treated as a terrorist attack, is now believed to be under control.

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