A knife man was shot dead during his arrest for stabbing a female police officer in a police station in France.
Three police officers are said to have been injured.
The horror attack took place on Friday around 10 a.m. in La Chappelle-sur-Erdre near the city of Nantes.
A string of terrorist attacks followed across the country, including the murder of a police officer in Paris last month.
Police said the attacker “slashed the policewoman several times” in the latest attack.
He then fled the scene before being chased by armed police at around 1pm when “gunfire was exchanged”.
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Helicopters and more than 200 officers were used to search for the attacker.
Two people reportedly sustained arm and hand injuries while shooting, with the knife man in critical condition.
The victim in her forties was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries to her legs and thighs.
Witnesses said they saw the attacker get into a VW Golf after the attack, but then he got out of the car and fled with food.
“He brandished the gun of the policeman he stabbed,” said a local official.
“Gendarmes neutralized the person suspected of stabbing the town policewoman in Chapelle-sur-Erdre,” tweeted Interior Minister Gerarld Darmanin.
“Thanks to them and thoughts for the gendarmes who were injured in this arrest.”
The attacker is being held in a secure police station in the Nantes area.
According to reports, a motive has yet to be determined.
The attack in Paris last month was carried out by an immigrant from Tunisia who was shot and killed by police after killing the officer.
It was later revealed that shortly before his attack, he had seen religious videos glorifying acts of jihad.
Six years of attacks in France followed, including the beheading of the schoolteacher Samuel Paty by a terrorist in October last year.
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The deadliest terrorist attack ever in the country occurred in November 2015, when 130 people were killed in Paris.
Suicide bombers pledged allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the music venue Bataclan.
La Chappelle-sur-Erdre has around 20,000 inhabitants.