Breaking: Terror attack confirmed
Police in Paris say they are responding to reports of gunshots at Notre Dame cathedral.
Officials are telling people to stay away from the area, one of the French capital’s most popular tourist sites.
French media have reported that an unknown man attacked a French police officer with a hammer, the police fired two shots at the man in the chest and he is now in hospital. The attacker was also carrying kitchen knives, a hammer and other unsophisticated weapons.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the attacker shouted “it’s for Syria” as he attacked the police officer. French officials have confirmed this is a “terrorist incident.”
Some 900 people are still inside the cathedral. Pictures on social media show some holding their hands up.
Someone who is at Notre Dame posted this ‘unverified video’ on Twitter:
so we are trapped in Notre Dame Cathedral. Something is happening outside we don’t know what it is. Police sirens can be heard #NotreDame
— Matthew CurrieHolmes (@mch2k) June 6, 2017
This person posted this dramatic ‘unverified video’ showing many people running:
— MikeC (@mikethecraigy) June 6, 2017
Eyewitnesses said tourists ran for cover and Kellyn Gorman, an American tourist said: “I was about to come inside [Notre Dame] and heard the noise, the gunshots, turned around and saw the assailant on the ground where they had shot him.”
“It was very safe, very quickly contained.”
Another person has posted this picture of 900 tourists holding thier hands in the air and they are still trapped.
— Agostino Riitano (@AgostinoRiitano) June 6, 2017
This person postes on Twitter: “The attacker on the floor after being neutralized.”
El atacante en el suelo después de ser neutralizado. pic.twitter.com/vxaybPlS8i
— RO-1 (@Undercover_Camo) June 6, 2017
A French journallist posted this on Twitter: “A man on the ground in front of our Lady (there is 1 / 2 h). In the meantime he was evacuated”
Un homme à terre devant notre-dame (il y a 1/2h). Entre temps il a été évacué pic.twitter.com/amq6ch0raT
— David Rahul Métreau (@RahulMetreau) June 6, 2017
A holidaymaker posted on Twitter: “Not the holiday experience wanted. Trapped in Notre Dame Cathedral after police shoot a man. We are with our 2 terrified children.”
This has just been posted on Twitter:
— Breaking News (@newnewspage) June 6, 2017
French police said: “The situation at Notre Dame is under control. One police officer injured, the attacker has been neutralised and taken to hospital.”
Parvis de #NotreDameSituation maîtrisée, un policier blessé, l’auteur des faits a été neutralisé et orienté vers un hôpital
— Préfecture de police (@prefpolice) June 6, 2017
France has been in a state of emergency since terrorist attacks took place in Paris left 130 people dead in 2015.