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Knife Attack At Police Station Across From Notre Dame Kills Four

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A police officer shot and killed a knife-wielding attacker who murdered four people at the Paris police headquarters Thursday, according to a French union official.

The attacker worked at the police headquarters located near Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 20 years as an administrative employee, Alliance Police Nationale union official Loïc Travers said, The New York Times reported.

“The motive is not yet known,” Travers said, according to The NYT.

Travers said he cannot remember an attack on police officers of this magnitude, The Associated Press reported. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said three officers and one administrator died. (RELATED: Police Officer Suspended For Turning Illegal Immigrant Over To ICE)

French President Emmanuel Macron visited the headquarters Thursday to show solidarity and support for the officers, AP reported.

The attack came one day after tens of thousands of police took to the streets in protest of poor working conditions, lack of public respect and several police suicides that happened this year, The NYT reported.

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