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Police open fire at Paris train station on woman making ‘threats’: source


31 October 2023   |  
10:16 am

French police on Tuesday shot and wounded a woman who was making threats at a train station in Paris, a police source told AFP.

French police officers leave a metro station after a woman making threats on an RER train was shot and wounded by police, in Paris on October 31, 2023. (Photo by Geoffroy VAN DER HASSELT / AFP)

French police on Tuesday shot and wounded a woman who was making threats at a train station in Paris, a police source told AFP.

According to witnesses, the woman, who was completely veiled, shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is Greatest”) and “made threats”, the source said, adding that “police fired because they feared for their safety”.

After passengers on a suburban train alerted police, agents managed to “isolate” the woman at the Bibliotheque Francois Mitterrand station on the capital’s south bank, the source said.

She threatened “to blow herself up”, the Paris prosecutor’s office said, adding that police fired one shot, inflicting a life-threatening injury.

Police have launched two investigations, prosecutors said. One will probe the woman’s actions, while another is to elucidate whether the police’s use of a firearm was justified.

France has been under “attack alert” since October 13, when a teacher in the northern city of Arras was stabbed to death by an Islamist former pupil.

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