|Published : 18 Mar 2017, 16:22:17 | Updated : 18 Mar 2017, 16:22:27|
Flights redirected from Paris Orly airport
The Paris airport authority said that Orly Airport is being entirely evacuated and all flights redirected after a man was shot dead after seizing a weapon from a soldier guarding the site.
An airport authority official says flights to and from Orly are being redirected to Charles de Gaulle airport.
The official said thousands of people are being evacuated from Orly.
French media reports said the man seized the weapon and tried to flee before being shot.
French police say a man was shot to death after trying to seize the weapon of a soldier guarding Paris' Orly Airport.
A national police official said the incident occurred Saturday morning at Orly, and the soldier is part of the Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks, reports UNB quoting AP.
No information about the slain man or any other injuries was available. The official was not authorised to be publicly named.
Police evacuated part of the airport and warned visitors in a tweet to avoid the airport while the police operation was underway.
The shooting came after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum. France remains under a state of emergency.