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4 persons killed by knife-wielding assailants in the Paris police headquarters: NPR



Officers guard Thursday at the Paris police headquarters after a man killed several people with a knife before he was fatally shot.

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Officers guard Thursday at the Paris police headquarters after a man killed several people with a knife before he was fatally shot.

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Four employees of the Paris police were killed when a man armed with a knife blew a sting on Thursday at police headquarters opposite Notre Dame Cathedral.

Authorities said at a news conference that three men, who were policemen and one woman, who were administrative employees, died in the attack by noon local time. The attacker was shot. It was not clear how many people could have been wounded.

According to Eleanor Beardsley of NPR, the alleged attacker was an "official" employed by the police. The identity of the suspect was not publicly disclosed.

"This police station is a prime location for processing governmental permits and papers, especially for foreigners," says Beardsley. "On a certain day, a long queue of foreigners from all over the world is waiting in front of the train station to complete part of the residence permit procedure.The station is tightly secured, and anyone who comes in has to pass a metal detector."

Paris officials reported Reporters at the press conference that the house of the suspect will be searched, adding that French anti-terrorism officials were involved in the early stages of investigation.

Loic Travers, an official of the Frances Alliance Police National Police Union, told reporters that at least five people had been killed, including the attacker. This emerges from a clip published on Twitter.

Travers told reporters that the attack was started in an office and then transferred to other areas of the police department.

French President Emmanuel Macron went to the police station and wanted to show "solidarity and support for all police officers and employees," The Associated Press reports.

The subway station near the attack was shut down for safety reasons, according to Reuters.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner, Center, and Paris Police Chief Didier Lallement, on the right, hold a press conference in front of the Police Headquarters in Paris.

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French interior minister Christophe Castaner (center) and Paris police chief Didier Lallement (right) hold a press conference in front of the police headquarters in Paris.

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