Man with knife shot at French police station, investigated as act of ‘terrorism’

Republican Guards stand by a plaque commemorating late police officer Ahmed Merabet in Paris, Tuesday Jan. 5, 2016. French Presidnt Francois Hollande is honoring 17 victims killed in Islamic extremist attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a kosher market and police a year ago this week, unveiling plaques around Paris marking violence that ushered in a tumultuous year. Police officer Merabet was killed as he tried to chase down the fleeing gunmen. Spray painted on the sidewalk reads "Je suis Ahmed," or "I am Ahmed," in the red, white and blue of the French flag. (Benoit Tessier, Pool Photo via AP)

PARIS (AP) — The latest on a shooting at a Paris police station. All times local:

1 p.m.

A Paris police official says officers are investigating an attack on a police station in the French capital as potential “terrorism.”

The attacker, armed with a knife, was killed by police. The attack Thursday came as France marks one year since Islamic extremists attacked satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The police official said police are viewing the incident as “more likely terrorism” than a standard criminal act. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of police policy.

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.

Police sealed off the area around the station.

—By Angela Charlton

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12:55 a.m.

French officials say a man armed with a knife was shot to death by officers at a police station in northernParis.

Two officials say the man had wires extending from his clothing, and an explosives squad is on site.

The two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing, said the shooting came shortly after noon on Thursday, the anniversary of the attacks against the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.

Minutes before, French President Francois Hollande had paid homage to police officers killed in the line of duty, including three police shot to death last January.

Police said the neighborhood in northern Paris was locked down after the shooting.

 

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