French police dog killed by militants during Paris raid

An assault and explosives search dog with the specialist anti-terrorist unit of the French police.
An assault and explosives search dog with the specialist anti-terrorist unit of the French police.PHOTO: @POLICENATIONALE/TWITTER
Members of special French RAID forces with a police dog during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris on Nov 18. 2015.
Members of special French RAID forces with a police dog during an operation in Saint-Denis, near Paris on Nov 18. 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

Paris (AFP) - A French police dog named Diesel was killed Wednesday during a huge security services' operation against militants holed up in an apartment to the north of Paris, police said.

"Diesel, a seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd, a female assault dog ... was killed by terrorists during the operation," according to the Twitter account of France's police.

"Assault and explosives detection dogs are vital in the operations of RAID", the specialist anti-terrorist unit of the French police which launched the dawn assault targeting the suspected mastermind of Friday's attacks in Paris.

The hashtag #JeSuisChien (I am a dog) was trending on French Twitter after the announcement.

Two suspected militants were killed during the raid which saw automatic gunfire and explosions ring through the working class suburb since 4:00 am.

One of them was a woman who detonated an explosives vest.

Seven other people were arrested. Five police officers suffered minor injuries.

The operation comes as part of a manhunt to find any links to the devastating string of attacks on Friday that left 129 dead and hundreds injured in a concert hall, bars and restaurants and outside France's national stadium.