A man armed with a knife showed up at the police station at Joue-les-Toursnear in the city of Tours on Saturday. According to the local media he first wounded a policeman at the reception in the face before attacking the two others officers while screaming “God is great” in Arabic.
The attacker was killed by “police officers present using their issued firearms," according to the country's Interior Ministry. He was a French citizen in his 20s, police confirmed, informs Report citing Russia Today.
The wounded policemen are said to be in a stable condition. Prime Minister Manuel Valls described the officers as being "seriously injured and in a state of shock", he pledged his support for the families of the victims and the ongoing investigation.
The counter-terrorism unit of the Public Prosecutor's office opened an investigation for "attempted murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with a terrorist organisation", the Paris Prosecutor's office said.
The attacker is believed to have been born in Burundi in 1994 and had a criminal record according to AFP report. The source added the assailant’s brother was known to authorities for his extremist beliefs and had planned to travel to Syria. Yet, France's General Directorate for Internal Security said that the attacker was not on the government’s watch list.