A man wearing a fake explosives vest and wielding a butcher knife was shot to death by police outside a Paris police station on Thursday. He reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar!” or “God is great!”— as he waved the knife at officers. He was also carrying a document with an emblem of the Islamic State group and “an unequivocal claim of responsibility in Arabic,” the prosecutor’s office said.
The video shows moments after the assailant was shot down by the police. Sniffer dogs and police with metal detectors were inspecting the body after he was taken down.
Thursday’s attempted attack shortly before noon in Paris’ multi-ethnic Goutte d’Or neighborhood came almost one year to the minute after two Islamic extremists burst into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people. Just moments earlier, President Francois Hollande had paid respects to fallen security forces — three of whom were killed last year in terrorist violence — saluting their valor in protecting “this way of life, the one that terrorists want to attack.”