Russia offered Saturday to send France an Alsatian puppy to replace a police dog killed in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in and around Paris Nov. 13. Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev offered Dobrynya, the German shepherd, to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to replace Diesel, the Belgian shepherd slain in a police raid north of Paris Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reported.
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Russia's offer is "a sign of solidarity with the people of France," Kolokoltsev said.
Dobrynya was named after Dobrynya Nikitich, a Russian folk hero famed for his strength, goodness and courage, Kolokoltsev said. The 2-month-old puppy made a television appearance Saturday and was to undergo a medical examination before heading for France, AFP reported.
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"Our four-legged friends also serve the police, protecting society from terrorist threats," said the Moscow police service, which posted photographs of two handlers with their dogs and signs with the hashtag #JeSuisDiesel on its Instagram account.
The 7-year-old Diesel died during a raid on the apartment of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was suspected of orchestrating the Nov. 13 attacks on the Stade de France, the Bataclan concert hall, restaurants and bars in and around Paris that left 130 people dead and more than 350 wounded. Three people died in the raid: Abaaoud, his cousin and a suicide bomber.
The Paris attacks prompted a state of emergency in France and sparked intensive manhunts across Europe and in Turkey for more suspects associated with the attacks. France also intensified airstrikes on Islamic State group targets in Syria in a bid to destroy the extemist group's infrastructure. The militant group has claimed responsibility for the latest attacks in France.
The hacktivist collective Anonymous warned Saturday that the terrorist group formerly known as either ISIL or ISIS has planned more attacks for this weekend.