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Paris police station attacker had knife, explosives vest: Govt

A man shot dead by police as he tried to attack a police station Thursday on the first anniversary of the jihadist assault on Charlie Hebdo had a knife and what appeared to be an explosives vest, the government said.

world Updated: Jan 07, 2016 18:04 IST
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Armed French police patrol near the Boulevard de Barbes in the north of Paris, after authorities shot a man dead as he was trying to enter a police station in the nearby Rue de la Goutte d'Or.(AFP Photo)

A man shot dead by police as he tried to attack a police station Thursday on the first anniversary of the jihadist assault on Charlie Hebdo had a knife and what appeared to be an explosives vest, the government said.

The man was also heard to shout “Allahu Akbar” as he approached the police station in the multi-ethnic neighbourhood in the north of the capital, the interior ministry said.

“On Thursday morning, a man attempted to attack a policeman at the reception of the police station before being hit by shots from the police,” said interior ministry spokesperson Pierre-Henry Brandet.

“Bomb disposal experts are at the scene working to secure the site,” he said, adding that interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve had left for the scene.

News of the attempted attack came after France President Francois Hollande addressed New Year’s greetings to France’s police and gendarmes, and called for greater cooperation between the security services.

The population of the Goutte d’Or district where the incident occurred is predominantly of north African and sub-Saharan African origin.

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