Paris Orly airport shooting: Evacuation after man shot 'while trying to grab soldier's gun'

Mark Chandler

A man has been shot dead at an airport in Paris after trying to grab a soldier's gun, officials say.

Paris Orly airport was evacuated after the incident, after he grabbed the gun and took refuge in a shop.

He was shot dead by security, officials said on Saturday morning.

The French Interior Ministry later announced a police officer had been shot and injured north of Paris during a road check.

Emergency: The man was shot after taking refuge in a shop (AFP/Getty Images)

Police believe the same man, believed to be a radicalised Muslim, was responsible for both incidents.

​Police evacuated part of the airport and warned visitors in a tweet to avoid the airport while the police operation was underway.

A police spokesman wrote on Twitter: “Ongoing police operation. Do not cross the security perimeter, follow the instructions."

A witness identified only as Dominque said on BFM television: "The soldiers took aim at the man, who in turn pointed the gun he had seized at the two soldiers."

Shooting: French police secure the area at Paris' Orly airport (AFP/Getty Images)

Another man claimed there was a group of three soldiers targeted, and they tried to calm the man who seized the weapon. Then the man said he heard two gunshots.

Shooting: Emergency services at the scene (REUTERS)

A national police official said the the soldier was part of the Sentinel special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

Passenger Isabelle Raynaud tweeted: "Stuck in the plane to Orly we are prevented from disembarking. There have been shots..."

A bomb sweep took place at the airport to make sure the dead man was not wearing an explosive belt, but nothing was found, the Interior Ministry said

The shooting came after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum. France remains under a state of emergency.

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