Counter-terrorism police dog Diesel died in Saint-Denis operation
Belgian shepherd dog killed in shoot-out with suspected terrorists near Paris
A photograph, posted along with a tweet by the Police Nationale, which reads: “Assault and explosives search dogs: indispensable in the missions.”
A counter-terrorism police dog died as officers stormed an apartment believed to be the hiding place of the mastermind of Friday’s Paris attacks.
The seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog, called Diesel, was killed in a shoot-out with a number of suspected terrorists, thought to have included lead plotter Abdelhamid Abaaoud, that saw one female blow herself up.
A tweet by Police Nationale confirmed the death of the animal from its Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence (RAID) unit.
“Diesel, a seven-year-old Malinois, RAID assault dog, was killed by terrorists in the current operation,” they announced.
The police spokesman added that dogs such as Diesel who are trained to assist on operations where there is a risk of explosives were “indispensable” to the elite unit.
Five police officers were said to have suffered injuries in the operation to capture Abaaoud that began at 4.25am (3.25 irish-time).
Witnesses described hearing heavy gunfire and the sound of large explosions and grenades coming from the apartment building in Rue du Cornillon, Saint-Denis.
One male and one female suspected terrorists were killed in the six-hour operation and police made five arrests.