French policeman wounded in shooting as he tries to apprehend two intruders

French police are on high alert
French police are on high alert

A French policeman has been slightly wounded in a shooting as he tried to apprehend two men who had broken into an Interior Ministry building just outside Paris.

Police are searching for two assailants who shot the officer who has been hospitalised although his life is not in danger.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said the officer surprised the two attackers during his rounds early Sunday, and one of them grabbed his gun and shot him.

Special security forces surrounded and searched the building in the suburb of Pantin for the two suspects did not find them, Brandet said on France-Info radio.

He said it’s unclear why the men were in the Interior Ministry complex, which includes a police vehicle garage, a shooting range and a gun room.

French authorities remain tense since Islamic extremist attacks in January left 20 people dead, including the three attackers.