Four cops killed in knife attack at Paris police headquarters; assailant shot dead, says French police official

A French police union official says four officers have died in a knife attack carried out by an administrator at the Paris police headquarters.

The attacker was shot dead.

 Four cops killed in knife attack at Paris police headquarters; assailant shot dead, says French police official

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Union official Loic Travers said the attack on Thursday appears to have begun in an office and continued elsewhere inside the large compound across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral.

Travers says the motive is unknown, but the employee allegedly responsible for the violence apparently never posed any problems before.

He says he can’t remember an attack on police officers of this magnitude.

Union official Yves Lefebvre said the attack occurred around 1 pm on Thursday.

It wasn’t immediately clear how far inside the building the assailant got before police shot him.

French media say the country’s interior minister and the Paris prosecutor were on their way to the scene.