A man was shot dead by French soldiers at Orly airport in Paris on Saturday morning after he tried to grab a weapon, the interior ministry was confirmed.
Both the terminals of airport has been evacuated and all flights have been suspended with some diverted to Charles de Gaulle airport. Passengers have been told to avoid the airport until the security operation stops. Some passengers whose flight was arrived were being held on board.
Fortunately, no one else was injured in the incident. An interior ministry spokesman said officers were sweeping the floor to ensure that there are no explosives. “A man took a weapon from a soldier then hid in a shop in the airport before being shot dead by security forces,” he said.
The soldier was part of Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.
A witness, Franck Lecam, said: “We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby. We are all outside the airport, about 200 metres from the entrance.There are policemen, emergency workers and soldiers everywhere in all directions. A security official told us that it happened near gates 37-38 where Turkish Airlines flights were scheduled.”