A terror investigation has been opened into the death of a man outside a police station in Paris, after he was found to be carrying a note appearing to claim the attack on behalf of Isis.

The man charged at armed officers outside the station in the Barbes neighbourhood of northern Paris, wielding a large butcher’s knife and wearing what was later discovered to be a fake bomb vest.

Eye witnesses said the man shouted “Allahu akbar” before he was shot three times by police, killing him on the pavement. Officers searched the local area but, finding no accomplices or other attackers, later lifted restrictions on local transport routes.

Apart from one minor injury to a police officer the attack appeared entirely in vain, and it was only confirmed that the incident was being treated as “terrorism” after a search of the body.

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