Paris police say operation under way near Notre Dame

2017-06-06 16:58
Notre Dame Cathedral. (Philippe Lopez, AFP)

Notre Dame Cathedral. (Philippe Lopez, AFP)

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Paris - French police say a security operation is under way near Notre Dame Cathedral and are urging passers-by to stay away from the area.

AFP meanwhile reported that a French police officer shot and injured a man who attacked him with a hammer outside the cathedral.

Police sealed off the area in front of the cathedral, where the attacker lay injured on the ground.

The attack comes with France on high alert for more jihadist strikes after a weekend attack in London, where extremists used a van and knives to crush to death and kill seven people, one of them French.

Paris is under high security after a string of Islamic extremist attacks in recent years.
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