Knife at­tack by em­ployee at Paris po­lice HQ kills 4 of­fi­cers

The Saline Courier - - NEWS -

PARIS — An em­ployee armed with a knife at­tacked of­fi­cers in­side Paris po­lice head­quar­ters Thurs­day, killing at least four be­fore he was fa­tally shot, a French po­lice union of­fi­cial said.

Po­lice union of­fi­cial Loic Travers told re­porters the at­tack ap­pears to have be­gun in an of­fice and con­tin­ued else­where in the large po­lice com­pound across the street from Notre Dame Cathe­dral.

The num­ber of peo­ple in­jured was not im­me­di­ately known.

Travers said the mo­tive is un­known, but that the 20-year po­lice em­ployee al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack worked as an ad­min­is­tra­tor in the in­tel­li­gence unit and had not posed known prob­lems un­til Thurs­day.

He said he could not re­mem­ber an at­tack of this mag­ni­tude against of­fi­cers.

Emery Sia­mandi, an em­ployee at po­lice head­quar­ters, said he heard gun­shots and im­me­di­ately saw two of­fi­cers come out­side an of­fice weep­ing. A third of­fi­cer, who Sia­mandi de­scribed as the per­son who shot and killed the as­sailant, came out on his knees, also in tears.

The at­tack came a day af­ter thou­sands of of­fi­cers marched in Paris to protest low wages, long hours and in­creas­ing sui­cides in their ranks.

France’s prime min­is­ter, in­te­rior min­is­ter and the Paris pros­e­cu­tor were on their way to the scene.

The Paris pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said no in­for­ma­tion could be pro­vided at this stage.

The neigh­bor­hood, one of Paris’ busiest tourist at­trac­tions, was locked down, the Cite metro stop was closed and the bridge be­tween Notre Dame and the head­quar­ters build­ing was blocked off.

Ex­trem­ists have re­peat­edly tar­geted French po­lice in France in re­cent years. In 2017, a gun­man opened fire on the Champs-el­y­sees boule­vard, killing one of­fi­cer be­fore he was shot to death.

In 2016, an at­tack in­spired by the Is­lamic State group killed a po­lice of­fi­cer and his com­pan­ion, an ad­min­is­tra­tor, at their home in front of their child.

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