January 7, 2016 / 12:07 PM / 2 years ago

French interior ministry confirms man shot in Paris wore fake belt

French police check a pedestrian as they secure the area after a man was shot dead at a police station in the 18th district in Paris, France January 7, 2016.Philippe Wojazer

PARIS (Reuters) - A knife-wielding man shot dead by Paris police on Thursday as he tried to enter a police station shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great) was wearing a fake explosive belt, the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

This confirmed earlier comments from a police union source.

Asked if the belt was fake, the spokesman said: "Yes."

Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; Editing by John Irish

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