— Tids (@Tids_tweet) March 18, 2017
French police say the man who was shot dead in Paris’ Orly airport this morning was the same one involved in an earlier shooting in the north of the city where a police officer was shot and injured.
Sky News reports that the man involved in both incidents was a radicalised Muslim on a terror watchlist.
The man, who was shot dead by police in the airport, had reportedly opened fire on three police officers, hitting a female officer in the head.
He then stole two cars and abandoned them before making his way to Orly airport and grabbing the gun from a counter-terrorism soldier.
Security forces followed the man and shot him dead and 3000 people were evacuated from the scene.
[#Orly] On going police operation. Please respect the safety perimeter and avoid the airport area.
— Police nationale (@PoliceNationale) March 18, 2017
A police source described the man as ‘a radicalised Muslim known to intelligence services and the justice system’.
An incident involving the shooting of three police officers in Paris could be linked to the man who was shot dead in Orly airport this morning.
— Jean-Philippe montel (@jpmontel) March 18, 2017
A security operation is continuing at the airport with bomb disposal experts checking for any possible accomplices.
This incident comes just two weeks before France holds a presidential election.