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 pursuit.
The ninja, who crashed the stolen Citroen C3 into a service station in Tourlaville on the outskirts of Cherbourg, reportedly leapt from the car brandishing a katana and descended on the two female police officers who had given chase.
Both officers sustained blows to the head - one on the chin and one in the face - from the blade-wielding maniac, before he was shot by a third officer who fired from inside the police car at near point-blank range.
The officer fired three shots which struck the ninja in the abdomen and allowed him to be pinned down and incapacitated.
The ninja has since been transported to hospital in a serious condition, along with the two female officers whose injuries are not thought to be serious.
A police spokeswoman said there were no immediate signs that the assailant had a terrorist motive.