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Man Shot Dead near Paris Police Station Had Knife, Apparent Explosives Vest

7 January 2016 15:27

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