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    Live Updates: Four Officers Killed as Knife-Wielding Man Attacks Police HQ in Paris

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    According to local media reports, citing a police source, the assailant was an administrative officer at the police headquarters.

    A man armed with a knife attacked officers at police headquarters in Paris on Thursday and was shot dead by the police, according to ACTU17, a local media outlet.

    The assailant, whose motives remain unknown, is said to have entered police headquarters and attacked a police officer, wounding him with his weapon.

    The perpetrator was then neutralised by the police officer with his service weapon. While the attacker's identity is yet to be revealed, a police source told local media that he was an administrative officer at the police headquarters.

    A French police union official confirmed later that four police officers were killed as a result of the attack.

    The attack took place around 1 p.m on the Ile de la Cite, an island in the centre of Paris, which houses the prefecture, the commercial court and Notre-Dame cathedral.

    ​The Paris metro station "Cité" has been closed for security reasons, according to the transport authority. 

    ​The perimeter around the nearby police headquarters was also cordoned off.

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