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Missing French exchange student found dead

The 23-year-old French student who had been missing for two weeks in southern Sweden was found dead on Wednesday night, with police stating that they no longer suspected any foul play.

Missing French exchange student found dead

The student, Samuel Babin, was found dead in a wooded area in Karlskrona just after 8pm on Wednesday.

"Samuel Babin was found dead yesterday night by the Blekinge Police dog patrols," the police wrote in a statement.

"There is no longer any suspicion of any criminal activity."

Babin was last seen on January 11th at the Blekinge Institute of Technology and his mysterious disappearance led officers to suspect he was kidnapped.

"He's a nice and easygoing guy who has a lot of friends," one friend told the Expressen newspaper on Tuesday.

"I don't think he had any enemies."

Police launched a search party in the area together with the Missing People organization.

The body was identified late on Wednesday night, and Babin's family has been notified.

"Our thoughts are with the relatives, rest in peace Samuel," wrote Missing People in announcing on their Facebook page that the case had been closed.

Babin's disappearance and death is not the first time a foreign student enrolled at the Blekinge Institute of Technology has done missing and later been found dead.

Last year, Indian graduate student Dheeraj Reddy Donthi disappeared from his student flat in late January.

His body was discovered in early April in a river flowing into Ronneby harbour.

TT/The Local/og

This story first appeared in The Local Sweden

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French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

French Border police at the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris shot - and killed - man who was wielding a knife in the public area of the airport on Wednesday.

French police shoot dead knife-wielding man at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport

Border police reportedly shot a man with aggressive behaviour who brandished a knife in the public area of the Charles de Gaulle airport outside of Paris, on Wednesday morning, police and airport sources told AFP.

“This morning officers neutralised a threatening individual in possession of a knife at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport,” the Paris police department said on its Twitter account.

A source close to the investigation told BFMTV that the man – who was likely homeless – went towards the officers, despite being asked several times to put the knife down. In response, police shot the man in the abdomen, and the individual later died.

The incident took place in the busy, public area of terminal 2F around 8:20 am, when “a homeless man started bothering security agents and border police were called in to remove him”.

Initially the man left while yelling curses but he soon returned and brought out a knife, when one of the officers fired his weapon.

An AFP photographer who witnessed the scene said “a large person of colour brandished something that looked like a knife at the police”.

“He was ordered to stop but kept advancing toward them, and an officer fired a single shot.”

The man was quickly put on a stretcher and evacuated, the photographer said. 

Security forces have been on high alert for terrorist attacks since a wave of jihadist killings that have killed more than 250 people since 2015, often by so-called “lone wolves” who often target police.

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