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A man was shot dead by police in Paris on Thursday as he approached a police station wearing a fake explosive belt and wielding a butcher's knife, according to reports.

Witnesses say that the man shouted “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for“God is great” – as he tried to enter a north Paris police station with wires hanging out of his clothing, prompting fears of another radical Islamic terror attack.

The confrontation happened exactly one year after last January’s Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.

It also came just minutes after French President Francoise Hollande paid respects to police officers who have been killed in the line of duty, including the three who were shot dead in those attacks, according to the Associated Press.

A robot is now inspecting the body of the suspect, who was said to be around 40 years old and appeared to be of Arab descent. 

Meanwhile, the neighborhood in the Goutte d'Or district has been placed on lockdown as authorities work to determine whether the attack was a coordinated effort.


UPDATE, 10am ET: Greg Palkot reported on America's Newsroom that the attacker was found with a piece of paper with the ISIS flag on it and an apparent claim of responsibility by the terror group.

His cell phone was also recovered. 

Police have since confirmed that the explosive belt was fake.

This is a developing story. Stay with Fox News Insider for the latest breaking news updates on Fox News Channel.


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