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French Police Shoot Dead Man With Knife, Fake Suicide Belt On Charlie Hebdo Anniversary


A man wielding knife was shot dead Thursday on Charlie Hebdo anniversary. He was trying to enter a police station in the 18th district in northern Paris shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

The man was wearing something similar to a suicide belt that later turned to be a fake one. An official said he had wires protruding from clothes and this made the officer to open fire in fear of suicide attack.

A year ago deadly Islamist militant attacked the office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in the French capital Paris. Minutes before the man was shot dead the President Francois Hollande had given a speech in other part of the capital to mark the Charlie Hebdo anniversary as well as one year of the shootings at a Jewish supermarket that killed 17 innocent people over three days.

Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet confirmed the man was wearing a fake suicide belt.

Since the attack on Charlie Hebdo the country has been regularly on high alert.

The alert was further heightened after multiple attacks in six different places in the capital city including a soccer stadium, a restaurant and a music hall on November 13 that killed 130 people.

The November 13 coordinated shootings and suicide bombings were claimed responsibility by Islamic State. The militants involved in the attacks were French-born.