Police officers secure the area after a fatal shooting took place at a police station in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Officers shot and killed a knife-wielding man wearing a fake explosive vest at a police station in northern Paris on Thursday, 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. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
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.
In this image taken from a validated UGC video the body of man lies on the ground near a police robotic device after the he was shot dead by officers at a police station in northern Paris. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Tensions in France, under a state of emergency since a wave of attacks on Nov. 13, have been even higher this week as the anniversary of the January attacks approached. (AP Photo)
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.”