March 18 (UPI) — A man who snatched a soldier’s gun at Paris Orly Airport was shot dead and the airport was evacuated Saturday, authorities said.
The man approached a group of soldiers patrolling the airport and grabbed the weapon. He hid in a store before being killed, the French National Police said. An elite operations unit and bomb squad was called to the airport. No one else was injured. The public was warned to stay away from the airport.
Some 3,000 people evacuated the airport during the incident and passengers aboard planes that had landed were kept onboard aircrafts.
A police spokesman said soldiers at the airport were part of increased security and the effort is working.
“The fact that the would-be attacker at Orly was neutralised so quickly, with no casualties, shows that security is effective,” he said.
Earlier in the day, a man opened fire on officers during a checkpoint. One officer was injured.