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A man was shot dead and Orly airport in Paris was evacuated

A man has been shot dead after taking a soldier's gun and fleeing into a shop at Paris’ Orly airport, the second largest serving the French capital , Saturday morning. Passengers recounted 'four or five' shots being fired within the south terminal at 8.30am. A security operation began immediately.

Anti-terrorist commandos from France’s elite Raid force have evacuated the terminal. counter terrorism police searched the airport for explosives. Counter terrorism police searched the airport for explosives. Operation Sentinelle is a security initiative that has been in place since 2015, and involves some 7000 soldiers. Authorities have warned the public to stay away. Air traffic has been suspended. Passengers landing at Orly have been kept on planes while the anti-terror operation is carried out. There are reports the man may have had an accomplice. Shortly before the airport shooting, a police officer was shot in a separate incident during a traffic stop in a northern Paris suburb. Reports in the French capital suggest the man who opened fire at police was the same man who was killed at the airport. France is currently under a state of emergency following a series of attacks by Islamic State and al-Qaeda operatives over the past two years. Today’s alert comes at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the French capital.

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