– PARIS POLICE SHOT DEAD AN ATTACKER – UPDATE
Minutes after President Francois Hollande had praised police in a speech commemorating the 01/2015 Paris French police in the 18th quarter in Northern Paris, a multi-ethnic district not far from the Gare du Nord train station, on Thursday 01/07/2016, have shot dead a man who was apparently trying to attack a police station on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The man was also carrying a paper printout emblem of I.S.I.S with a claim of responsibility written in Arabic.
The suspect was carrying a meat cleaver and wearing a dummy suicide vest.
Authorities did not publicly identify the suspect. However, a French security official said police were “working on the hypothesis” that the assailant is a 20-year-old Moroccan, Ali Sallah of Casablanca who was involved in a minor 2013 robbery in the southern Var region.
Ali Sallah had been in France illegally, was ordered to leave the country after the 2013 incident. Investigators were trying to determine if and when the man had returned to Paris.
** German police, on Sunday 01/10/2016, said the man, alleged to be named as Ali Sallah, had been living in a shelter for asylum seekers in Germany. Police searched the building in the western town of Recklinghausen but found no evidence of further attacks. It is not clear if he was among the many migrants who arrived in Germany in 2015.
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