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Attacker at Notre-Dame Cathedral: ‘This is for Syria’

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PARIS, FRANCE — Police in Paris have shot an injured man who tried to attack police with a hammer at the Notre Dame cathedral, the Reuters news agency reports.

The man who attacked an officer at Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral said, “This is for Syria,” French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told reporters Tuesday.

The man, believed to be an Algerian student, attacked the officer with a hammer but was also armed with knives, Collomb said. Collomb said the officer’s condition is not very serious.

Police in Pairs earlier tweeted that they were responding to an incident at the square outside the cathedral and warned the public to stay away.

France is still in a state of emergency following the Paris attacks in November 2015, in which 130 people were killed. The capital Paris has had a strong police presence on its streets since then.