French officials say a man armed with a knife and some wires has been shot dead by officers at a police station in northern Paris today — on the first anniversary of the deadly terrorist attacks against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.
Officials say the man had wires extending from his clothing, and an explosives squad is on the scene.
Minutes before the noon-hour incident, French President Francois Hollande had paid homage to police killed in the line of duty, including three police officers shot to death last January.
He said a “terrorist threat” remains high, but that his government is passing new laws and ramping up security.
It was one year ago today that Islamic extremists burst into Charlie Hebdo’s offices and gunned down staff at the satirical newspaper — and now, France is reflecting on 12 months of terror.
On January 7, 2015, two French-born brothers killed 11 people inside the Hebdo building, as well as a Muslim police guard.
Over the two days that followed, an accomplice gunned down a policewoman, then stormed a kosher supermarket, killing four hostages.
All three gunmen died.
France has been on high alert ever since, and was struck again November 13th by extremists dispatched by the Islamic State group on Paris who killed 130 people.