Friday 28 July 2017

Russia sends puppy to Paris to honour police raid dog Diesel

French police dog, Diesel, hailed as a hero after being killed in a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks
French police dog, Diesel, hailed as a hero after being killed in a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks

Russia's interior minister has said he will send a German shepherd puppy to the French police to honour a police dog killed in action and express solidarity with France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

France's National Police said a seven-year-old Belgian shepherd named Diesel was "killed by terrorists" on Wednesday during a raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

General Vladimir Kolokoltsev said in a statement that along with his condolences over the deadly attacks, he will send to his French counterpart a puppy so that it "could replace Diesel".

Gen Kolokoltsev said the puppy was named Dobrynya, after a Russian fairy tale knight who "symbolises strength, goodness, valour and unconditional support".

Earlier this week, many people used social media to pay tribute to the seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog that France's National Police said was "killed by terrorists" during the raid in Saint Denis.

Police shared a picture of the SWAT team member on Twitter, saying assault dogs were indispensable to their work. Within hours, 'Je Suis Chien' - inspired by the popular slogan 'Je Suis ', used worldwide in solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attacks earlier this year - had gone viral.

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