French town ‘bruised and in shock’ after police shoot dead armed suspect

French police have shot and killed an armed suspect who appeared to be planning a synagogue attack, the interior minister has said.

The incident in Rouen, northern France, on Friday morning happened after the individual was intent on setting fire to the town’s synagogue, Gerald Darmanin said.

“I congratulate [national police officers] for their reactivity and their courage,” he added

Local broadcaster France 3 reported fire fighters were at the scene.

Rouen mayor Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol also said on social media the town is “bruised and in shock”.

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