PARIS— A French police dog is being hailed a hero after she was killed in the line of duty during a terrorist raid in a Paris suburb Wednesday.
The National Police said in a tweet that a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois named Diesel, a SWAT team assault dog, was “killed by terrorists” during the raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.
Two suspects died during the raid including a woman wearing an explosive. Seven people have been arrested in the apartment building.
Following the news of Diesel’s death, the hashtag #Jesuisunchien, or “I’m a dog” has gone viral on social media.
The raid is targeting perpetrators of Friday’s deadly gun-and-bomb attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.
In the last decade, Belgian Malinois dogs have received attention for their work in law enforcement including sniffing out explosives and narcotics.