Man shot dead outside French police station in Paris

Man suspected of wearing suicide vest shot dead outside police station in northern Paris

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man armed with a knife was shot dead outside a police station in the French capital of Paris on Thursday as he was trying to enter the building, Agence France-Presse reported.

The man was suspected of wearing a suicide vest, according to the French Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henri Brandet. But, a police union source told Reuters later that the man was wearing a fake suicide belt.

"The man did have a belt, but it was a fake. The bomb-disposal unit confirmed it was a fake," the police union source said.

A Paris-based journalist had taken photographs showing the body of the man lying in front of the police station with a robot checking the body.

The incident came just minutes after President Francois Hollande started his speech to security forces in Paris, marking the first anniversary of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, where 17 people were killed, including three policemen, following three days of violence in the capital.

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