A gruesome attack and murder of police officers has taken place in Paris.
The man wielding a knife killed four officers at the police headquarters in the heart of central Paris on Thursday, before being shot dead.
The premises were cordoned off after the lunchtime attack in the historic centre of Paris, usually thronged with tourists, and dozens of police and emergency vehicles had converged at the scene, AFP journalists reported.
At least one metro station in the vicinity of the building, which is close to Notre-Dame cathedral and other major tourist attractions, was closed. Sources said the attacker was shot dead by police in the courtyard of the building, where he was employed.
The Four police employees were killed in a knife attack at Paris police headquarters on Thursday, according to city prosecutor Remy Heitz.
The three policemen and a female police administrative worker were killed by a fellow member of staff, who was later shot dead, authorities told CNN.
The incident took place inside the building, which is located near Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité in central Paris.
One victim is undergoing surgery, said French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner. He did not elaborate on the victim’s condition or injuries.
The wife of the attacker who killed four of his colleagues at the Paris police headquarters Thursday has been taken into custody, according to a source inside the Paris prosecutor’s office.
It is unclear whether she was at the scene of the attack or why she was taken into custody.
The source asked not to be named discussing an ongoing investigation.
The 45-year-old man, a longtime administrative employee, was shot dead during his stabbing rampage. His motive is not yet known.
The metro station had been closed as a security measure following the knife attack inside Paris’ police headquarters.