A 33-year-old teacher is being held in prison after admitting to killing a female police officer on Friday by attacking her with a Japanese sword.

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Man kills police officer with samurai sword

A 33-year-old teacher is being held in prison after admitting to killing a female police officer on Friday by attacking her with a Japanese sword.

Man kills police officer with samurai sword

The attack took place in a government building in Bourges, in the central Cher region, on Friday after Olivier Roson, a natural sciences teacher, became enraged after being refused a gun licence.

“He concedes the acts in question,” said Vincent Bonnefoy, the public prosecutor in Bouges, reported local newspaper Le Berry Républicain. “He has not expressed any regrets.”

The dead policewoman was named as Anne Pavageau, a mother of two children who had married in June. She grew up in Bourges and had been an officer in the town since 2006.

“I saw her every day,” said a colleague. “She was always smiling, painstaking about her work and intelligent. Someone who was really well-liked.”

Roson’s attack was stopped after an officer shot him in the knee.

Interior minister Claude Guéant was quick to visit the scene on Friday where he said the drama should remind people the role of a police officer is “always dangerous.”

Roson appeared in front of magistrates on Saturday and will face charges of voluntary manslaughter against the 30-year-old policewoman as well as charges of attempted murder of another policeman and a government official. 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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