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.
Paris pleure les siens cet après-midi après cette effroyable attaque survenue à la @prefpolice. Le bilan est lourd, plusieurs policiers ont perdu la vie. En mon nom et celui des Parisiens, mes premières pensées vont aux familles des victimes et à leurs proches.— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) October 3, 2019
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.
URGENT - Attaque au couteau à la préfecture de police à Paris sur des policiers. Plusieurs victimes, l’assaillant abattu.— Remy Buisine (@RemyBuisine) October 3, 2019
Important dispositif en train de se mettre en place. pic.twitter.com/cwCQCej7vR
The perimeter around the nearby police headquarters was also cordoned off.