French police shooting suspect dead in Paris mall shooting

A man was shot dead in a shooting in the French city of Paris.

The suspect, identified as Mohamed Merah, had been detained on suspicion of involvement in a terrorist attack.

French President Francois Hollande said on Twitter that Merah had been killed in the “most terrorist” attack on French soil since the 1972 Paris attacks.

“My thoughts are with all those injured and killed, my thoughts are also with those injured, the people of France,” he said.

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Police in France said Merah was shot in the chest, but police said they did not believe the gun was loaded.

They also said the suspect was believed to have been armed with a knife, but no weapon was found.

He was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said they found a gun in the suspect’s car but no ammunition.

The gunman was reportedly seen fleeing the scene on a motorbike.

Heavily armed police and soldiers surrounded a shopping centre in the suburb of Mayfair and opened fire.

The attack came as French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the city of Bordeaux, where the gunman is believed to be based.

Media coverage of the incident focused on the death of a policeman in the city.

Witnesses told French media they saw Merah firing shots at officers as he fled the scene.

There were reports of people in a car running after him, while a policeman was shot.

French media reported that police were searching for Merah and believed he may be hiding in the country.

Police say a witness told the AFP news agency that he saw Merach firing at them, and that they fired back.

“We fired a warning shot,” the witness said.

“The man who fired the shots ran away.”

Media playback of footage from the scene by the BBC’s Andrew Harding shows police officers chasing Merah’s car, before he flees.

Police shot dead the man after he reached a checkpoint near the city’s main shopping district, where they surrounded the car.

The incident comes after a series of recent attacks in France, including the recent shooting of a police officer in the capital, Paris, and the deadly shooting of an officer in Toulouse, a French-speaking region of north-east France.

Media in Paris have been forced to close for the night as the city deals with the attack.

The French capital is one of France’s safest places to live.