An armed man ‘wearing a suicide belt’ has been shot dead outside a police station in Paris on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
The man had been trying to enter the police station in Barbes, northern Paris, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and threatening officers with a knife.
French officials say the man was wearing a belt made out to look like a suicide vest, but a bomb-disposal unite has since confirmed that it was a fake.
A Paris police source confirmed that they are investigating the attack as potential terrorism.
‘The man did have a belt, but it was a fake. The bomb-disposal unit confirmed it was a fake,’ the police union source said.
A Paris police official said police are viewing the incident as ‘more likely terrorism’ than a standard criminal act.
Luc Poignant, a police union official, said the man may have been wearing an explosives vest, and cried out ‘Allahu Akbar’ or ‘God is great’ in Arabic.
A witness said he had heard ‘two or three shots’ shortly before 11am GMT, before the man was on the ground.