PARIS, Oct 31 (Reuters) – Paris police shot dead a hijab-wearing woman who appeared in a threatening manner inside a subway station on Tuesday morning, shouting things like “Allah Akbar” and “You’re all going to die” , causing serious injury. Paris Police Chief Laurent Nunez said:
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A woman wearing a full veil was shot dead at Francois-Mitterand Library Station. Government spokesman Olivier Veran earlier said her commuters had reported her making “offensive and jihadist remarks”.
When police arrived, they “pulled the woman aside and first asked her to calm down, but then asked her to show her hands to show that she was in no particular danger,” he added.
“What happened then was that law enforcement officers had no choice but to fire at this woman due to the danger of the situation.”
Fire officials who gave first aid to the woman said she was shot in the abdomen. Police Chief Nunez said she was taken to a nearby hospital where she is being treated, adding that her life is in danger.
Nunez, whose identity has not yet been confirmed, is the same person who threatened a counter-terrorism Sentinel urban patrol in 2021 and was admitted to a psychiatric ward for mental health issues. He said it was possible.
“This individual refused to comply with the summons and police opened fire,” Nunez said, adding that the situation was “extremely threatening.” Le Parisien and other French media reported that prosecutors said the woman had threatened to blow herself up.
Nunes said it was determined that the woman was not in possession of any explosives at the time she was shot.
According to police, the RER C line metro station was evacuated after the incident.
Two investigations were opened, the first against a woman and the second regarding the use of weapons by police.
Reporting by Tassilo Hummel, Dominique Vidalon, Michel Rose and Sudip Kar-Gupta.Editing: Ingrid Melander, John Stonestreet, Ed Osmond, Tomasz Janowski
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