UPDATE: The man who was shot by police in Paris on January 7, had previously been stopped and finger printed by them and was on record as being a Moroccan called Ali Sallah who was born in Casablanca in 1995.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, however has questioned whether this is his true identity and a TV station claims that it has been told that the man was a Tunisian named Tarek Belkacem according to relatives who recognised him.
REPORTS have been received that a man brandishing a knife and shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Great) was shot dead whilst attempting to storm a police station in the Rue de la Goutte d’or which is in the 18th arrondissement in Paris on Thursday January 7, the first anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
It appears that the man was wearing what looked like a vest packed with explosives although once incapacitated his body was checked by a remote controlled sensor and the vest was discovered to be a fake meant to be mistaken for the real thing.
Whether this was a planned terrorist action or the workings of a deranged mind will probably never be known, but on this of all days, authorities in Paris must be guarding against threats both false and genuine.