NINJA attacks and injures two French police officers with katana sword before being shot and injured

NINJA attacks and injures two French police officers with katana sword before being shot and injured

  • A man dressed as a ninja attacked two female police officers with a sword
  • He attacked police after crashing a stolen car at a gas station in Cherbourg
  • The two female officers were hit in the head by the sword after the chase
  • The ninja was shot by a third officer who fired at close range
  • He was hit in the stomach and transported to hospital in serious condition
  • A police spokesman said there were no immediate signs of a terrorist motive


A man dressed as a ninja has attacked two female police officers with a katana sword in northwestern France after crashing a stolen car during a police chase.

The ninja, who crashed the stolen Citroën C3 into a service station in Tourlaville on the outskirts of Cherbourg, reportedly jumped from the car brandishing a katana and descended on the two female police officers who had started the chase.

Both officers received blows to the head – one to the chin and one to the face – from the knife-wielding maniac before he was shot by a third officer who fired at close range from the police car.

The officer fired three shots that hit the ninja in the abdomen, pinning him down and knocking him out.

The ninja has since been transported to hospital in serious condition, along with the two female officers whose injuries are not considered serious.

A police spokeswoman said there were no immediate signs that the attacker had a terrorist motive.

The story began when police officers spotted a gray Citroën C3 registered stolen in the Malakoff district of Cherbourg.

They began following the car as it headed east towards Tourlaville on the outskirts of Cherbourg before the officers gave chase.

After a short chase, the driver of the C3 lost control of the vehicle and crashed at Leclerc’s petrol station in Tourlaville around 3:45 pm.

The officers approached the car when the driver, whom they had planned to arrest, was found to be dressed in a ninja suit and armed with what appeared to be a katana.

A katana is a long, curved sword used by the Japanese samurai of the 12th – 19th centuries.

The assailant brandished the knife at both officers, hitting one in the chin and another in the face as they attempted to arrest him, and was only arrested when a third officer, who was also in the police car, fired three shots at close range.

The incident sparked a major reaction from French law enforcement and by 4:15 p.m. the gas station was completely shut down when dozens of police, paramedics and firefighters arrived on the scene.

The two police officers, who were said to be in shock but not seriously injured, were taken to the nearby Cotentin public hospital in Cherbourg.

Meanwhile, a helicopter arrived on the scene to stabilize the attacker and transport him for further medical treatment.

The police spokesman said the ‘ninja’ was in serious condition after being shot in the stomach and held by officers.

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