Video emerges of Notre Dame 'terrorist' hammer attack

Swedish Star Journalist Swears Allegiance to Daesh, Runs Amok in Paris

The Algerian doctoral student suspected of attacking police officers in front of Notre Dame Cathedral - with cries of "This is for Syria!" and a hammer - was identified Wednesday by a relative and a friend as an ex-journalist who firmly believed in democratic values and showed no signs of radicalization.

The video in which the man pledges allegiance to ISIS was found by police who searched the student apartment he was renting.

Le Figaro claims the investigation into the man's home uncovered a video where the attacker pledged his loyalty and allegiance to Islamic State.

A French government spokesperson has revealed he was a doctoral student and former journalist, and his identity papers show he was 40 and from Algeria.

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A day after an attack on a policeman at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the presidential Elysée palace announced the commissioning of that military entity called the National Counterterrorism Center.

The attack, which came with France on high alert after jihadists killed seven people in London on Saturday, caused panic at one of the country's top visitor attractions.

Then in July a year ago, a radicalised Tunisian man drove a lorry at high speed through a Bastille Day fireworks display on the Nice waterfront, massacring 86 people.

Speaking after the attack, Collomb said police found kitchen knives, a hammer and other unsophisticated weapons on the wounded assailant. But he said he "fell off his chair", when he saw the news of his implication in an attack.

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Soderberg tweeted a photo from inside the Notre Dame showing those locked inside putting their arms in the air as instructed by police.

Lawrence Langner, a 73-year-old American visiting the neighborhood just across the Seine River from the cathedral, told The Associated Press that he suddenly heard a commotion and two detonations like gunshots.

The new center "should increase the effectiveness of protection against the strong and constant terrorist threat which France faces", the statement said, adding, that the new task force will bring together all the intelligence services and will coordinate responses to possible attacks.

Paris police tweeted that one officer was wounded in the attack. The attacker was shot dead by police. Michel said the attacker was "neutralized" by police.

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Previous major attacks targeted the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Jan 2015 and in November that year, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked venues around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall, killing 130 people. In February, a man attacked soldiers outside a shopping mall near the Louvre.

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