Breaking: Paris’ Orly airport evacuated as ‘man shot dead by security forces after trying to grab soldier’s gun’
Paris’ Orly airport has been evacuated after a man was shot dead after he allegedly tried to grab a soldier’s firearm. A soldier fired at the man who was then detained by security forces, as police did a sweep of the airport in search of potential accomplices or explosives. The man was later pronounced dead, AFP and BFM TV reported.
Passengers wrote on Twitter that they had heard gunshots in the south terminal on Saturday morning and police were carrying out a security operation as they were told to flee. A police spokesman wrote on Twitter: “Ongoing police operation . Do not cross the security perimeter, follow the instructions.”
Passengers who were scheduled to catch flights later in the day were told not to come to the airport.
Emergency services outside Orly airport south of Paris (Photo: Twitter) Orly airport is located south of Paris (Photo: Twitter)
An airport official added: “Ongoing special operation by the Police . Please follow their instructions . Do not come to the airport.”
One passenger wrote on Twitter that shots had been fired in the south terminal.
France has been under a state of emergency following a series of deadly terror attacks across the country.
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An entire neighbourhood has been urged to beef up home security after an arson attack on a nearby home. Fire crews saved a cat and a dog from the maisonette after the blaze began at the front door at 9pm on Wednesday.
A maisonette in New England Close, Oldbury, was torched.
A spokeswoman said residents in the road and surrounding streets were being asked to fit letterbox protectors to stop similar attacks. No-one was inside the property when it was torched at around 9pm.
Firefighters had to force entry into the property.
There was no-one in the property at the time but a cat and a dog was rescued.
The incident is being treated as arson and police are investigating.
We will be sending a fire safety team to New England Close and the surrounding area to carry out a hot strike , which offers fire safety advice.
We will be asking people to look at having a letterbox protector installed.
The safety guidance was understood to be general advice and not linked to a specific threat. But residents said they were concerned. Phyllis Thompson said: It is worrying to think something like that is going on around here.
There has been trouble with kids hanging here around in the past.
Some of these flats are tucked away so they can be targeted in this way very easily.
I saw the fire brigade and ambulance here at the time and they were here for quite a while.
William Rudd said: I have a metal plate behind my letterbox, so hopefully it would be very difficult for the same to happen to me.
I don t feel too concerned but it does make you feel you have to be more on your guard. Another resident, who asked not to be named, said she had been advised by the fire service to be on her guard.
I have a very strong spring on my letterbox, she said.
So it would be very difficult for the same thing to happen to me.
But a fire officer advised me to be aware and to check the safety of my letterbox and my home.
The police have been called out to the street a few times, in the past, over various issues. The targeted property was boarded up as police continued their investigation.
A fire service team were visiting nearby homes on Thursday offering guidance to residents.
Forensic examinations are being carried out and house-to-house enquiries have been conducted.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.