Doubts have been cast on the identity of the man shot dead in Paris after he tried to enter a police station with a knife. Evidence found on the man's body included a German SIM card and a different name and nationality.
The identity of the man who attempted to enter a Parisian police station with a butcher knife remains uncertain said Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins in an interview on Friday. According to Molins, the man may have given a false identity to police months ago.
Police shot and killed the man on Thursday as he attempted to gain access to the station, equipped with what turned out to be a fake explosives vest. Officials also said the man shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") during the incident which took place on the one-year anniversary of the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks.
However, the prosecutor said authorities found a paper on the man's body which had a different name and Tunisian nationality, as well as a Muslim declaration of faith and an "Islamic State" (IS) flag. A mobile phone was also found and contained a German SIM card.
Moving forward with the investigation, Molins said: "We will need to establish the identity - know which is the real identity."
IS claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Paris on November 13 in which 130 people died.
rs/ng (AP, AFP, dpa, Reuters)