French Police Shoot Man Wielding Knife, Carrying ISIS Flag On One-Year Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jan 07, 2016 11:30 AM
French Police Shoot Man Wielding Knife, Carrying ISIS Flag On One-Year Anniversary of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

As France marks the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attack, officers shot a man wielding a knife outside a French police station. According to NBC News, he had a piece of paper with an ISIS flag on it. French prosecutors are treating this matter as a terrorist incident:

A knife-wielding man shot dead by Paris police on Thursday was carrying paper with an ISIS flag on it as well as a claim of responsibility, according to the Paris prosecutor.

The incident came as France marked the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlie Hebdo terror attacks.

The prosecutor's office said a terrorism investigation has been opened into the incident, which took place outside the Goutte d'Or police station in the 18th arrondissement.

The suspect was carrying a butcher's knife and shouted "Allahu akbar" — or "God is greatest" — before he was shot dead by police, according to a statement from the prosecutor's office.

On January 7, 2015, two gunmen burst into the office of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and killed a large portion of the staff for their cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. Al-Qaeda later claimed responsibility for the attack. Twelve people were killed in the assault.