NewsCrime World

French police dog killed in Paris raid hailed online

Diesel is being praised on social media around the world
Diesel is being praised on social media around the world

A French police dog named Diesel, killed in a raid targeting the alleged mastermind of the Paris attacks and another cell of extremists, is being honoured as a hero all over the world.

Many have used social media to pay tribute to the seven-year-old Belgian shepherd dog that France's National Police said was "killed by terrorists" early Wednesday during the raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

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 Charlie, used worldwide in solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo attacks earlier this year - had gone viral.

Many shared messages praising Diesel's bravery and loyalty, while some users posted pictures of their own dogs in solidarity.

At least two people were killed in the seven-hour siege of an apartment building in the Parisian suburbs.

Several police officers were slightly injured in the operation. The fate of the suspected mastermind of last Friday's attacks, 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is not yet clear.