Paris alert: An unidentified person attacked a policeman with a hammer in France’s capital, news agency Reuters reported. The incident took place outside city’s Notre-Dame cathedral station. Following the incident, the counter-terrorism unit of the Paris prosecutor’s office has initiated an investigation. As per the report, Policemen shot the assailant who was described as “neutralised” by the interior ministry. The attack comes at a time when France is on high alert for more jihadist strikes after a weekend attack in London, where extremists used a van and knives to crush to death and kill seven people, one of them French. Soon after today’s incident, authorities in Paris issued a notification and asked people to stay away from Notre-Dame, one of France’s biggest tourist attractions situated on the banks of the Seine river in the heart of the capital. France is under a state of emergency and on its highest possible level of alert following a string of terror attacks that began in 2015.
The terror attacks in France have nearly killed over 230 people. In last incident of a fatal attack, a police personnel was shot and killed on Paris’s prestigious Champs-Elysees Avenue on April 20. The incident, that took place just three days before the first round of the presidential election, nearly shook the nation. The chain of attacks in France started with terrorist’s shooting the editors of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, who were attacked in January 2015.
Later in November 2015, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked sites around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall, killing 130 people. Then, last year in July, a radicalised Tunisian man drove a lorry at high speed through a Bastille Day fireworks display on the Nice waterfront, killing 86 people.