(SKY) – A man has been shot and injured after attacking a police officer with a hammer at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

Police had warned people to stay away from the world-famous landmark, on the Ile de la Cite island on the River Seine.

One officer was injured during the assault in the cathedral’s courtyard before the lone attacker was shot by colleagues.

Armed police sealed off the area in front of the cathedral, and photos on social media showed visitors inside holding their hands in the air.

The French counter-terrorism office has opened an investigation following the incident, but police have said that the hour-long operation at Notre Dame has ended.

Officials confirmed that the attacker has now been taken to hospital, with Reuters reporting he was shot in the thorax.

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