AN ‘Algerian student’ said to be inspired by ISIS screamed “this is for Syria” as he attacked cops with a hammer before being shot by police outside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris today.
The French landmark was put on lockdown with 900 people barricaded inside this Tuesday afternoon.
Twitter / David Rahul Metreau; A hammer attacker was shot and injured outside Notre Dame after lunging at an officer
Paris (CNN)The man who attacked an officer Tuesday at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris said, “This is for Syria,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.
The man, believed to be an Algerian student, attacked the officer with a hammer but was also armed with knives, Collomb said.
Collomb said the officer’s condition is not serious.
Another officer shot the assailant in the chest, police union spokesman Yves Lefebvre told BFMTV. The attacker was taken to the hospital, and the situation brought under control, police told CNN.