Man carring knife tries to attack police station in Paris, shot dead
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 08 Jan 2016 10:34:11|
PARIS, Jan 7 (AP)
A MAN carrying a butcher’s knife and wearing a fake explosives vest tried to attack a Paris police station on Thursday, a year almost to the minute after two Islamic extremists burst in the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and unleashed a bloody 12 months in the French capital.
The attacker was slain by police, and the Paris prosecutor’s anti-terrorism unit opened an investigation after what officials described as an attempted attack on the police station in the city’s north. Found on the man’s body was a cell phone, a piece of paper with an emblem of the Islamic State group, and “an unequivocal written claim of responsibility in Arabic.” The prosecutor’s office did not provide details about what the claim meant.
France has been under a state of emergency since a series of attacks claimed by the Islamic State group killed 130 people in Paris on November 13, and tensions increased this week as the anniversary of the January attacks approached. Soldiers were posted in front of schools and security forces were even more present than usual amid a series of tributes to the dead.