According to the French officials, a man has been shot down after he grabbed a soldier’s gun at Orly airport in Paris.
The security forces killed the attacker in a shop after he seized the weapon in the southern terminal of the airport.
The passengers were not allowed to disembark, and the airport has been shut down after the incident, which the authorities describe as “extremely seriously.”
A security operation is underway, and police is investigating if the man had any accomplices. Bomb disposal experts are involved, and police want to make sure the attacker was not wearing any explosive belt.
Orly, located 8 miles south of Paris, is the second largest airport in the capital.
Police have warned people to stay away from the security cordon put at the airport and also advised people who had planned to travel via Orly to make alternative arrangements.
The officials report that the man approached a group of patrolling soldiers and made off with the gun into a nearby shop. It was at this point, the shots were fired, and the man was killed.
Bruno Le Roux, the French Interior Minister, is expected to be at the scene of the attack soon.
Witnesses told AFP news agency that the airport was evacuated as soon as the shots were heard. One of the witnesses, Franck Lecam said:
“We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby.”
Meanwhile, a police officer was shot and injured in a vehicle check in the northern suburbs of Paris. The suspect escaped in the vehicle afterward.
Although police have not confirmed if that incident is linked to the man at the airport, French media reports say that the car used by the suspect was later found abandoned at the airport.
A man wielding knives pounced at soldiers at Paris’s Louvre museum last month; he was subsequently shot and injured.