French police confirmed the death of the seven-year-old Belgian Malinois, who was taking part in a raid in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis.
The dog, called Diesel, was a member of Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence (Raid) unit. Diesel’s photo was tweeted by French police on Wednesday.
The raid was successful, where two suspects died and seven were captured. Five policemen were slightly injured.
Diesel had been sent in to the apartment to assess the situation. The dog was killed by a woman, who blown herself up with a suicide belt after shooting at police, according to the reports.
People are sharing Diesel’s photo on social media, and paying tribute to the dog. According to police spokesman, Diesel was trained to sniff out explosives, and such dogs are “indispensable” to the elite unit.
Les chiens d’assaut et de recherche d’explosifs: indispensables dans les missions des opérateurs du #RAID pic.twitter.com/vb5lGjnwjO
— Police Nationale (@PNationale) November 18, 2015