An Algerian student whose name has not yet been released was shot an injured by police after he attacked a police officer outside of Paris’ famed Notre Dame cathedral on Tuesday afternoon.
The student was carrying a hammer on him, and several knives, when he was taken down by French police. He was also shouting ‘this is for Syria’ as he attacked the officer, and claimed to be connected to ISIS.
The officer was quick to retaliate when being attacked. He managed to pull out his gun and fire two shots into the would be terrorist.
The Daily Mail reports:
An Algerian student claiming to be an ISIS soldier shouted ‘this is for Syria’ as he attacked a police officer outside Paris‘s Notre Dame Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon.
The man, whose name has not been released but is said to be a mature student in his 40s, was shot and injured by police after he used a hammer to attack an officer patrolling with two other policemen at 4.30pm local time.
One of the officers responded with two gunshots, which injured the assailant, who was carrying kitchen knives, a hammer and other unsophisticated weapons.
Paris prosecutors opened a counter-terrorism investigation soon after the attack after the hammer-wielding Algerian said he was an ‘ISIS soldier of caliphate’, according to a probe source.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb says the attacker cried ‘it’s for Syria’ as he went after officers patrolling an esplanade in front of the famous landmark which was put on lockdown and is tonight being guarded by soldiers.