Attacker shot dead at Paris police station

French police checking a pedestrian as they secure the area after a knife-wielding man was shot dead at a police station in the 18th district in Paris yesterday. The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar", which means "God is the greatest" in Arabic, as he
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French police checking a pedestrian as they secure the area after a knife-wielding man was shot dead at a police station in the 18th district in Paris yesterday.

The man was shouting "Allahu Akbar", which means "God is the greatest" in Arabic, as he tried to enter the building wearing a fake suicide-bomb vest.

The shooting occurred just after President Francois Hollande wrapped up a speech at the police headquarters in the city to pay homage to law enforcement officers killed last year during two waves of terrorist attacks.

Yesterday was the anniversary of last year's deadly Islamist militant attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in the French capital, during which 12 people were killed.

The French President this week kicked off ceremonies for the 147 victims of terrorism last year - including the 130 who lost their lives in the Nov 13 attacks in and around Paris at cafes, the Bataclan concert hall and a stadium.

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