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Paris police shoot dead suspicious man on Charlie Hebdo anniversary

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Paris: According to officials, a man, whose identity was not disclosed, entered a Paris, France police station yesterday brandishing a knife before police fatally shot him. Investigators said they have found evidence indicating the attacker was associated with the militant group ISIS.

A witness account to French news network i-Télé said police first told the man to move back. The suspect wore a replica of a suicide vest that police weren’t initially able to identify as fake and shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he threatened police with his knife.

The Morocco-born suspect had a piece of paper on him with an ISIS flag, said investigators, and a claim of responsibility for the attempted attack. Authorities said he was involved in a 2013 robbery case.

Authorities locked down local schools and closed down shops following the incident, and public transit was affected.

Earlier, the government said they planned to allow authorities to use lethal force on people who “just committed one or several murders and [are] likely to repeat these crimes.” Exactly a year ago yesterday, a shooting killed twelve at the Paris offices of the weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, which had published cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

From Wikinews under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 licence

Featured image: French police secure the area after a man was shot dead at a police station [Courtesy: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier]

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