An ‘heroic’ police dog that died in a high-profile terrorist shoot-out lost her life at the hand of special forces’ officers, it has been confirmed.
Seven-year-old Belgian Shepherd Diesel was killed by ‘reckless’ police gunfire that also wounded neighbours and endangered other officers.
Their shields and body armour were all hit by round upon round of Brenneke bullets – widely used by special forces – during the attack on a house in the suburb of Saint-Denis in November.
It led to the deaths of at least two terrorists who had taken part in the attacks on Paris that month in which 130 people were killed.
The revelations are reported to be a “huge embarrassment” for the elite Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence (RAID) police group.
Diesel was due to receive a posthumous Dickin medal – Britain’s animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross – instituted by the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals in 1943 to honour the bravery of Word War II animals.
“Diesel was killed by Brennekes,” said Jean-Michel Fauvergue, who commanded the operation by RAID.
Commander Fauvergue has admitted that “saturation fire” was used to kill Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the 26-year-old leader of the Paris terrorists, and fellow killer Chakib Akrouh, 25.
But Abaaoud’s female cousin, Hasna Ait Boulahcen, 26, also died in the attack.
Five RAID officers also reported friendly fire penetrations to their equipment in the storm of Brenneke bullets that hit the property in the early hours of November 18.
Diesel, trained to enter dangerous areas, was due to retire after a distinguished career.
Now the RAID are trying to work out why she was told to enter a house into which they were pouring live fire.
A spokesperson for the Paris prosecutor said there would be no formal inquest into Diesel’s death, nor any kind of autopsy on the animal.
Forensic examination has established that up to 5,000 rounds of police ammunition was used during the Saint-Denis raid, while the terrorists fired around 11 bullets back.
By Nick Hudson
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