“Diesel, a seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd police dog from RAID, was killed by the criminals/terrorists during the operation in Saint-Denis,” said a statement by the French national Police.
One Twitter user wrote:
“This dog certainly had more humanity than these barbarians,”
Diesel had been with the unit for five years and is the first dog to die on active service. He was due to retire from Raid in the spring next year.
“His role was to open the way for the rest of us. He uses all his senses to detect if anyone is present and if he can get to them, to go and bite them. If not, he stands and barks to indicate where the person is hiding,” said the handler.
“I had absolute confidence in him, and him in me. Both of us knew how the other would behave in the situation.”
Russia has sent a puppy named Dobrynia to show its “solidarity with the French people and police in their fight against terrorism”.