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French Police Admit Mistakes In Response To Paris Terror Attacks

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After weeks of mourning, solemn commemorations and debate, France is finally turning its attention to the alleged shortcomings of its police response on the night of terror in Paris on November 13 when Islamist gunmen killed 130 people and injured several hundred. Continue reading French Police Admit Mistakes In Response To Paris Terror Attacks

Police Dog ‘Diesel’ Killed In Paris Raid Awarded Medal for Bravery

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Heroic police dog Diesel, killed in a Paris raid, is to be awarded a medal for gallantry. Credit: PDSA

A heroic police dog killed in the Saint-Denis raids in Paris is to be awarded a top honour for gallantry. Continue reading Police Dog ‘Diesel’ Killed In Paris Raid Awarded Medal for Bravery

France Accepts Russian ‘Replacement’ for Police Dog Diesel Killed In Paris Attack

France on Friday warmly accepted the offer of a puppy from Russia as a replacement for a police dog named Diesel which was killed during operations after the November 13 terror attacks in Paris. Continue reading France Accepts Russian ‘Replacement’ for Police Dog Diesel Killed In Paris Attack

Russia Sends Puppy to French Police to Replace Fallen Police Dog Diesel

The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs decided to send a puppy to their French counterparts to replace Diesel the police dog that was killed during a police raid in Paris on Wednesday. Continue reading Russia Sends Puppy to French Police to Replace Fallen Police Dog Diesel

Five Police Officers Injured, K9 Killed During Siege On Paris Apartment

The six-hour siege at a Parisian apartment has ended with a female suicide bomber killed as well as another suspected jihadist.

Seven others were arrested in the huge police operation targeting the “mastermind” of Friday’s terrorist attacks. The eighth suspect, Salah Abdeslam, is still at large with authorities believing he fled to Belgium immediately after Friday’s attacks.

Five police officers were injured in the raid and were given medical treatment. The terrorists also gunned down a seven-year-old sniffer dog called Diesel, sent into the block to look for booby traps, saving many lives in the process.

Police found weapons, explosives, suicide vests and plans for another terrorist attack inside the home, Europe1 Radio reports.

At least seven explosions were heard during the six-hour long operation, along with a large amount of gunfire as police carried out the early morning raid in the northern suburb of the country’s capital.

President Hollande praised the conduct of the Police and Army and said that 5000 police jobs will be created in the next two years. He said there would be no job cuts in the military until 2019.

Several Officers Injured During Saint Denis Raid

Two terror suspects have been killed, including a female suicide bomber, during a police operation in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, linked to the Paris terror attacks.

The mastermind behind the attacks – Abdelhamid Abaaoud – is understood to be one of the targets of the raid.

At least seven explosions have been heard at the scene since the momentary lull in gunfire, Associated Press is reporting.

AP reporters at the scene could hear what sounded like grenade blasts from the direction of the standoff in the heart of the Paris suburb of Saint Denis.

The source of the blasts is unclear. Police say several people are holed up in an apartment and several police have been injured in an operation that has lasted at least three hours on Wednesday morning.

The operation is ongoing and Police Nationale urges everyone to stay away from the area. Never posts pictures to social media without prior approval so as not to endanger police operations.

More French Police Hold The Line As Migrants Attempt To Storm The Eurotunnel

An extra 120 French police officers were sent to the terminal on Wednesday as hundreds of migrants gathered for a third attempt at breaching the terminal.

Hundreds of migrants hoping to get to Britain have gathered for a third night along fencing close to the Channel Tunnel freight terminal in Calais.
An extra 120 French police officers were sent to the terminal on Wednesday, with MPs urging the UK government to do more to help ease the crisis.
The home secretary said new fencing was urgently being installed in Calais.
Operator Eurotunnel said 2,000 migrants tried to get to the tunnel terminal on Monday, and 1,500 tried on Tuesday.

Several hundred migrants were escorted away from the tunnel’s freight terminal by French police on Wednesday night – the third night of large-scale attempts to storm the terminal.
The fresh attempts came despite the death of a man – described by French police as Sudanese and aged between 25 and 30 – on Tuesday.
French police said he was probably crushed by a lorry which was exiting one of the shuttles that transport vehicles through the tunnel.
Motorists using the tunnel’s rail shuttle have seen delays in both the UK and France, while disruption to freight traffic is set to last all week.

Source: www.maltatoday.com.mt

French Counter-Terrorism Unit Requests Cooperation From Australian Counterparts

The head of the elite counter-terrorism unit that broke a January terrorist siege in Paris has asked Australian prime minister Tony Abbott to put him in touch with the team that faced a similar challenge in Sydney the month before.

Jean-Michel Fauvergue is the commander of RAID, the French national police’s elite counter-terrorism SWAT team.

On Sunday afternoon, he met with Mr Abbott, along with Eric Beranger, police commander and chief of staff at RAID, to discuss how Australia and France could better share intelligence on how to combat modern terrorist tactics.

After the meeting, Cdr Fauverge told Fairfax he had used the opportunity to ask a favour of Mr Abbott.

“Up to now we have had no contact with our counterpart in Australia,” he said. “We have asked the prime minister if it is possible to organise this and initiate contact.”

In January the RAID unit rescued 26 hostages from the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris, killing the gunman Amedy Coulibaly who was holding them prisoner, at the end of an extraordinary terror attack which began with the shooting at Charlie Hebdo magazine days earlier.

Source: www.blacktownsun.com.au