Paris Police Fatally Shoot Man Allegedly Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar,’ Wearing ‘Fake’ Explosive Vest


French police patrol near the Rue de la Goutte d’Or in the north of Paris on Jan. 7, 2016, after police shot a man dead as he was trying to enter a police station. French police shot dead the knife-wielding man as he attacked a police station in Paris, a year to the day since jihadist gunmen killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo newspaper. The man reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) and was wearing what appeared to be an explosives vest although it was later found to be a fake, police and government sources said. (Credit: LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Breaking update:  The man who was shot dead by Paris police Thursday was wearing a “fake” explosive vest, a police source told CNN on condition of anonymity. A French Interior Ministry spokesman had said earlier the man could have been wearing a suicide belt.

Original post: Police shot and killed a man after he tried to enter a northern Paris police station wielding a knife, a French Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN affiliate BFMTV.

The man was shouting “Allahu Akbar” and may have been wearing a suicide belt, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

A police representative confirmed to CNN that shots were fired near a station.

The attack happened in Barbes, north Paris, near the police station in Goutte D’Or.

It occurred on the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo killings in which Islamist gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on the offices of the French satirical magazine.

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