An anti-terror police dog has died after being blown up by a suicide bomber during a firefight with suspected ISIS militants behind the Paris massacre.
The seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd named Diesel was killed this morning during a police raid on a flat in the French capital where the terrorists were believed to have been holed up.
She was sent in to the building (above – on her way) to sniff out booby traps but was blown to pieces when a jihadi bride came out firing her AK-47 at police before detonating her suicide vest.
The gunfight started at 4.30am when SWAT teams and special forces surrounded the building believing the architect of the massacres that killed 129 people, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, was inside. It is not known if he is dead or alive.
A woman ‘with long blonde hair’ who may be Abaaoud’s jihadi bride is said to have fired her AK-47 at police before blowing herself up as an assault squad first stormed the apartment block.
Survivors of the Bataclan massacre where 89 people died insisted there was a female shooter.
The official profile for Police Nationale tweeted that Diesel ‘was killed by terrorists in the current operation in Saint-Denis’.
A source told MailOnline: ‘When the policemen arrived with the dog, the dog came in first and was immediately killed. The French people are sad about the death.’
The force said that ‘assault and explosives’ search dogs are indispensable to the work of the French anti-terror unit known as RAID.
Tributes quickly poured in to the canine who had been decorated with service medals after a distinguished career in the force. One police handler said it was ‘a little like losing one of our colleagues’ while a Twitter user said Diesel had ‘died to defend our colours’
Look at those lovely intelligent eyes – I bet the jihadi bride’s eyes were dead.