Sunday, January 10, 2016
Paris police station attacker lived in German refugee shelter.
Paris police station attacker lived in German refugee shelter. (Fr24).
German police on Saturday raided an asylum seeker shelter where they said the man who sought to attack a Paris police station on Thursday had lived.
Police found no indications that other attacks had been planned, they said in a statement following the search at the shelter in western Germany's Recklinghausen.
The police statement did not specify that he was an asylum seeker but a source close to the matter told AFP the man was indeed registered as one.
The man was shot dead by police after trying to storm a police station in northern Paris on Thursday, brandishing a meat cleaver and wearing a fake suicide vest. The attempted attack took place exactly one year since the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks that shook Paris.
French investigators said Friday the suspect appeared to have been identified by his family and was said to be a Tunisian named Tarek Belgacem.
His link to an asylum seeker shelter in Germany risks further inflaming a debate over the 1.1 million asylum seekers that the country took in last year.
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