Female police dog killed by jihadists during Paris raid

Female police dog killed by jihadists during Paris raid
A woman holding a dog looks at candles and flowers placed at the entrance of Japanese restaurant next to the cafe 'La Belle Equipe', Rue de Charonne, on November 15, 2015 in Paris, after a series of gun attacks occurred across the city. French police have identified the first attacker out of the three teams of gunmen who carried out the worst ever attacks ever visited on Paris, which killed 129 people and wounded hundreds more.
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Paris - A French police dog named Diesel was killed Wednesday during a huge security services' operation against jihadists holed up in an apartment to the north of Paris, police said.

"Diesel, a seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd, a female assault dog ... was killed by terrorists during the operation," according to the Twitter account of France's police.

"Assault and explosives detection dogs are vital in the operations of RAID", the specialist anti-terrorist unit of the French police which launched the dawn assault targeting the suspected mastermind of Friday's attacks in Paris.

The hashtag #JeSuisChien (I am a dog) was trending on French Twitter after the announcement.

Two suspected jihadists were killed during the raid which saw automatic gunfire and explosions ring through the working class suburb since 4:00 am.

One of them was a woman who detonated an explosives vest.

Seven other people were arrested. Five police officers suffered minor injuries.

The operation comes as part of a manhunt to find any links to the devastating string of attacks on Friday that left 129 dead and hundreds injured in a concert hall, bars and restaurants and outside France's national stadium.

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