RIP Diesel, French Police Dog Killed in Saint-Denis Raid


A police dog named Diesel was killed during the Wednesday morning raid in a Paris suburb that resulted in two dead terrorists and seven others in custody.

According to the Mirror, the French National Police tweeted confirmation of the dog’s death later in the day. They also identified the 7-year-old Belgian shepherd dog, or Malinois, as Diesel.

Diesel, who served as an “assault and explosives search [dog]” in the French anti-terrorist police unit known as RAID, was apparently the first to be sent into the building. The Mirror notes that unconfirmed reports suggest the dog was killed by a female suicide bomber’s vest.

According to CNN, the photo tweeted out by the National Police’s official Twitter account is of Diesel, though the Mirror notes that this has not been confirmed. Yet many other photos of Belgian shepherd dogs and similar breeds have flooded Twitter, including this rather patriotic “homage from dogs to Diesel.”

RIP Diesel is currently trending on Twitter, and thousands of tributes have poured in from people and organizations all over the world.

[h/t Mirror]
[Image via Twitter]

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