A French police dog named "Diesel" was killed during police raids in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, France, early Wednesday morning, according to French police.
It was sometime during the seven-hour standoff with suspected terrorists that police discovered their fallen comrade.
Police announced Diesel's death in two posts on Twitter:
Les chiens d'assaut et de recherche d'explosifs: indispensables dans les missions des opérateurs du #RAID https://t.co/vb5lGjnwjO— Police nationale (@Police nationale)1447840144.0
The tweet with the picture of Diesel commended "assault and explosives search dogs" as "indispensable in the missions of the operators of the raid," according to a translation by USA Today.
Following the news of Diesel's death, the hashtag #JeSuisChien quickly circulated on Twitter in honor of the pup, as many people shared their condolences for the dog's death. ("Je Suis Chien" translates to "I am a dog" in English.)
Diesel. Morte pour la France. #JeSuisChien ❤️ https://t.co/nSIzCDEufL— Carole Quintaine💫 (@Carole Quintaine💫)1447849511.0
Merci diesel merci diesel rip #JeSuisChien https://t.co/eMKKlZVvZk— VOIX SANS FRONTIÈRES (@VOIX SANS FRONTIÈRES)1447848122.0
Hommage entre chiens A Diesel... #JeSuisChien https://t.co/9TQud5QXqZ— M@NU (@M@NU)1447849253.0
A dog sacrificing his life for a battle caused by men... He truely can be called our best friend #RIPDiesel #JeSuisChien— Jasmien DS (@Jasmien DS)1447848018.0
Diesel was a 7-year-old Belgian Shepard, according to French police. Diesel did not sacrifice his life in vein however, as the raid proved to be successful in killing two terrorists and capturing another seven.
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