Police kill a knife-wielding assailant who attacks an officer in central France

Officials say man armed with a knife has attacked a police station and been killed by an officer in a suburb of Tours, a city in central France.

A statement by the Interior Ministry says the man entered the station in the Joue-les-Tours suburb on Saturday afternoon and committed a "brutal aggression" against a police officer, leaving that person with unidentified injuries.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve praised the "sang froid and the professionalism of the officers present," one of whom shot dead the unidentified assailant with an "administrative gun."

The UMP party said in a statement that judicial authorities and an anti-terrorist unit have been called on to investigate the attack.