French police secure the area after a knife-wielding man was shot dead after attempting to enter a police station in the 18th district in Paris, Jan. 7, 2016.
Charles Platiau—Reuters
January 7, 2016 8:02 AM EST

Police in Paris have shot dead an man armed with a knife who seemed to be trying to enter a police station.

Officials say the man, shouted “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great) outside a station in the neighborhood of the Goutte d’Or in the north of Paris, the BBC reports. It’s unclear whether he may have been wearing an explosive device, and a bomb disposal robot was used to examine the body. Police later said the explosive vest was fake.

The shooting occurred shortly after French President François Hollande gave a speech promising 5,000 extra police posts on the one-year anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre. On Jan. 7, 2014, gunmen stormed the office of the French satirical newspaper and opened fire on the employees, killing 12. Two days later, in a related incident, a gunman took hostages at a kosher grocery store; he and four of the hostages were killed.

Charlie Hebdo put out a commemorative issue for the anniversary, and a plaque listing the publication’s casualties was mounted outside its offices.


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