Police officers take up positions in Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, Nov. 18, 2015.
Photo by Thibault Camus/AP

Social media reacts to police dog killed in Paris raid

Diesel, a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois, died during the police raid in Saint-Denis targeting suspects of the Paris terrorists attacks last Friday. Two people were killed, and seven others were arrested. Five officers were injured.

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The police department tweeted the announcement of Diesel’s death following the raid, and it was retweeted over 11,000 times by 8 a.m. ET Wedneday. The hashtags #JeSuisChien (#IAmDog) and #RIPDiesel began trending shortly after.

The department also tweeted a picture of a dog, with the caption “Assault and explosives search dogs: indispensable in the missions of the operators of the #RAID.” It is not confirmed if the dog pictured is Diesel.

The police did not say exactly how Diesel died, but during the raid, a woman set off a suicide vest. Neighbors also reported hearing several explosions and many gunshots.

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Social media reacts to police dog killed in Paris raid