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Breaking News: Paris Orly airport evacuated after shooting

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A man has been shot dead at Paris Orly airport after grabbing a counter-terrorism soldier's gun and running into a shop, reported Sky News.

The airport has been evacuated after the incident at the south terminal and swat teams have been sent in. Police are warning the public to stay away while the bomb squad searches the terminal in case the man had planted any explosives. After snatching the weapon, the man ran into a shop in the airport before being shot dead by security forces.

Passengers wrote on Twitter that they had heard gunshots in the south terminal on Saturday morning and police were carrying out a security operation as they were told to flee. The airport was evacuated and shut down at around 8.30am as police carried out the anti-terror operation. A police spokesman wrote on Twitter: "Ongoing police operation. Do not cross the security perimeter, follow the instructions." Passengers who were scheduled to catch flights later in the day were told to stay away from the airport., as roads leading to the terminals were blocked.

The soldier was part of Operation Sentinelle - the deployment of armed military on the French streets in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack in Paris. A spokesman for the Interior Minister said that there had been no reports of injuries. Police have not commented on the attacker's motive. 

It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were on the second day of their visit to Paris, where they will today meet survivors of the terror attack at the Bataclan. They are also expected to watch this afternoon's Six Nations rugby match at the Stade de France, where thousands of rugby fans will be gathering.Paris Aeroport tweeted: "On going special operations by the Police. Please follow their instructions (safety area).

Read more at news.sky.com.

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