This year is very likely going to be a bad one for Islamic terrorism in the West.
Paris police have shot dead a knife-wielding man who tried to enter a police station shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and who may have been wearing a suicide belt, officials say.
The incident took place just minutes after President Francois Hollande had given a speech to security forces in an another part of Paris to mark the first anniversary of last year’s deadly militant Islamist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in the French capital.
“The man may have been wearing something that could be a suicide belt,” Interior ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told BFM TV.
“Whether it was operational or not, it is too early to say.”
A police union source said the belt appeared to be fake.
“The bomb-disposal unit confirmed it was a fake,” the source said.
The man had tried to force entry into the police station in the 18th district of northern Paris, an area that Islamic State had said after even deadlier Paris attacks in November that it had been planning to hit.
“According to our colleagues he wanted to blow himself up,” an official at the Alternative Police union said.
“He shouted Allahu Akbar and had wires protruding from his clothes. That’s why the police officer opened fire.”
Officials said bomb disposal experts were on site.
Journalist Anna Polonyi, who could see the body on the pavement from the window of her flat, posted photos on social media that showed the body with what appeared to be a bomb-disposal robot beside it.
She said that her sister, in the flat with her, saw the incident happen.
She said the police shouted at the man and that he then started running towards them before they shot him.
It’s worth remembering that we in the West are only getting taster-trays of the three course meal that the Middle East eats on a day to day basis.