Saint-Denis, France (Nov. 18, 2015) — A French police dog died during a crackdown on suspected terrorists that left two dead and resulted in the arrests of seven people.
The hours-long raid took place in Saint-Denis, a suburb north of Paris, in response to last week’s terrorist attacks that killed 129 people. The police dog, Diesel, was “killed by terrorists in the ongoing operation,” according to French police.
It’s believed the dog was the first to go into the apartment where terrorist suspects were hiding. In a tweet, French police said dogs like Diesel are “indispensable” in conducting such operations.
People on social media shared pictures of Diesel and tweeted about his service, using hashtags like #Jesuisunchien (“I am a dog”), #NotAllHeroesAreHuman and #RIPDiesel.