PARIS (AP) – The latest on a shooting at a Paris police station. All times local:
An official says the man shot dead in front of a Paris police station rushed up to officers at the entrance, threatening them with a
knife, and was immediately shot dead.
Yvan Assioma, of the police union Alliance, said tension was high on the anniversary of the attacks against the Charlie Hebdo
newspaper, which left two police officers dead a year ago Thursday.
“The alert is constant,” he told the broadcast network iTele. The Paris prosecutor’s office said it was investigating.
Sirens are wailing and schools are in lockdown in the Paris neighborhood. At least a dozen riot police vans are blocking off the area
in the Goutte d’Or district.
A Paris police official says officers are investigating an attack on a police station in the French capital as potential “terrorism.”
The attacker, armed with a knife, was killed by police. The attack Thursday came as France marks one year since Islamic extremists attacked satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The police official said police are viewing the incident as “more likely terrorism” than a standard criminal act. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of police policy.
Luc Poignant, a police union official, said the man may have been wearing an explosives vest, and cried out “Allahu Akbar” or ‘God is great’ in Arabic.
Police sealed off the area around the station.
-By Angela Charlton
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