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03 oct. 2019 | 12h54 UTC

France: Four police officers killed in Paris prefecture attack October 3 /update 1

France Alerte de sécurité

Four police officers reportedly killed following knife attack at the Paris prefecture in Ile de la Cité (4th arrondissement) October 3; area on lockdown

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/10/2019, 12h00 until 3/10/2019, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Paris, Ile de la Cité

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Event

The area around the Paris police Prefecture, located on Quai de Gesvres, in the 4th arrondissement, has reportedly been put on lockdown with a heavy security presence and traffic restrictions reported following a knife attack within the police premise on Thursday, October 3. The nearby Cité metro station on line 4 has been closed until further notice.

The incident occurred at approximately 13:00 (local time), when a knife-wielding assailant, an employee at the prefecture, stabbed four police officers to death. The assailant has subsequently been killed. The premise is being evacuated.

The motive behind the attack remains unclear, though the dispute is believed to be of a personal nature.

A heightened security presence and localized transportation disruptions are to be expected in the area over the coming hours.

Advice

Individuals in Paris are advised to avoid the affected area, report suspicious objects and behavior to police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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