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Paris shooting: dead man now linked to Germany

Paris shooting: dead man now linked to Germany
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  • Man shot dead in Paris last week
  • Investigators find evidence of 7 identities
  • Now has been linked to Germany

The news

Police in Germany say the man shot dead outside a police station in Paris last week lived in a centre for asylum seekers in the western city of Recklingshausen.

Officers say no firearms or explosives were found when the accommodation was searched.

Attempts to formally identify the man are still ongoing.

He been identified informally as Tunisian Tarek Belgacem who was registered as an asylum seeker in Germany.

Regional police chief Uwe Jakob told reporters they have so far linked seven identities to the man. “We don’t really know his real identity at this point. Each time he appears with a different name: in the Central Register of Foreigners, with the police in Luxembourg and in France.”

*The context

A year to the day after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine, the man turned up outside a police station in Paris wearing a fake bomb belt and armed with an axe.

He was shot by officers after failing to identify himself.

His fingerprints matched those of a Moroccan arrested in the south of France for theft.

However, paperwork found on his body suggested the dead man was a Tunisian national.

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