[Live video below.] Officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man with wires protruding from his clothes at a police station in northern Paris today, French officials said, a year to the day after an attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo launched a bloody year in the French capital.
Luc Poignant, a police union official, said the man cried out “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”
Just a few minutes earlier, elsewhere in the city, French President Francois Hollande had finished paying homage to police officers killed in the line of duty, including three shot to death in the attacks last January.
A Paris police official said police were investigating the incident at the Paris police station Thursday as “more likely terrorism” than a standard criminal act. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to be publicly named according to police policy.
The neighborhood in the Goutte d’Or district of northern Paris was locked down after the shooting.
Hollande had said earlier that what he called a “terrorist threat” would continue to weigh on France. Read more.