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William and Kate meet terror victims hours after 'radicalised Muslim' shot dead after airport attack

Mirror logo Mirror 18/03/2017 Richard Wheatstone

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met terror victims in Paris just hours after a man was shot dead in the French capital's second largest airport.

William and Kate attended a ceremony the Invalides military monument before meeting victims of the Bataclan and Nice attacks.

The royal couple also met first responders who saved lives during the attacks as well as local schoolchildren.

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The event came just hours after Orly Airport was evacuated after the man was shot dead when he allegedly trying to steal a soldier's gun this morning.

Heavy security has already been planned for the event with France currently under a state of emergency following a series of attacks by Islamic State and al-Qaeda operatives over the past two years.

A police source said today's suspect was killed by troops taking part in Operation Sentinelle, a security initiative that has been in place since 2015, and involves some 7000 soldiers.

Credits: Phil Harris / Daily Mirror © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Phil Harris / Daily Mirror He said: "It happened in the south terminal – it is being evacuated. Passengers and staff are being moved out of the area."

During the ensuing operation security officials evacuated the airport and did a sweep of the airport in search of potential accomplices or explosives.

Passengers wrote on Twitter that they had heard gunshots in the south terminal at about 8.30am on Saturday and were told to flee.

All flights in an out of Orly - which is served by airlines including British Airways and easyJet - were suspended as the airport was evacuated and shut down as elite anti-terror officers carried out the operation.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently staying at the British Ambassador’s residence by the British Embassy.

They were due to attend this afternoon’s rugby international between France and Wales.

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