Several people wounded in knife attack at Paris' Gare du Nord train station

Gare du Nord, Paris.
Gare du Nord, Paris. Photo credit: Getty Images

A man with a knife attacked six people at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris on Wednesday morning, leaving one with major injuries, a police spokesperson said.

The attacker was shot several times by police and taken to hospital with serious injuries, police said. The man's motivations were not immediately clear, the force added.

One police source said the police officer who shot the attacker was off-duty.

The station is one of the busiest in Europe and a major link between Paris, London and the north of Europe.

Police secured the area following the attack, which happened around 0645 CET (6:45pm NZT).

Radio franceinfo, quoting rail operator SNCF, said trains were operating normally.