A man with a knife has been shot dead while trying to enter a Paris police station.
According to French media reports, the unidentified man was carrying a belt of fake explosives outside the station at 11:30 a.m. local time, before being shot down by officers.
The knifeman reportedly shouted “Allahu akbar” (an Arabic phrase meaning “God is the greatest”) before lunging at police officers.
At first, police would not say whether or not this was an act of terrorism, but officials later found a piece of paper on the attacker with the ISIS flag and a claim of responsibility in Arabic.
Now, officials have launched an investigation for “an attempted murder related to a terrorist enterprise.”
France’s chief prosecutor confirmed that the attack was at the exact same time as last year’s terror attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which left 17 people dead over three days.
Authorities released an official statement:
“The Paris prosecutor’s office opened an investigation for attempted murder on person holding public authority and in connection with a terrorist organisation.The anti-terrorist section of the Criminal Brigade of Paris and ISB are in charge of the case.”
As of now, there are no reported deaths or injuries. We will continue to update you on this developing story.
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