A man has been shot dead by police after he stabbed three officers in a police station in central France.

The attack occurred in Joue-les-Tours, near the city of Tours, on Saturday (20 December), Le Figaro newspaper reports.

The 20-year-old reportedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great") repeatedly as he ran into the station and pulled out a knife. He stabbed the three officers as they tried to calm him down.

A female police officer suffered injuries to her cheek and ear. A police officer witnessing the attack pulled out a gun and shot the suspect twice, killing him.

The Burundi-born man had a criminal record and while he was not on any terror watch lists, he was known for his "radical Islamic views."

His brother was known to security agencies for his radical beliefs and had at one point planned to travel to Syria.

According to a source: "The investigation is leading towards an attack on police forces on radical Islamist motives."

Anti-terror investigators are probing the incident. A police spokesman said the three officers are in a stable condition.