A French military plane broke the sound barrier and startled Parisians after it was scrambled to aid two commercial aircraft which had lost radio contact.
Players at the French Open Grand Slam tennis tournament paused play in astonishment. People in Paris have been on edge following last week’s knife attack, deemed a terrorist act by authorities.
This time French police hastened to urge residents fearful of an explosion not to call emergency services. “A Rafale, carrying out an intervention to assist an aircraft that had lost contact, was authorised to break the sound barrier to reach the aircraft in difficulty,” an Air Force spokesman told AFP news agency.
A sonic boom is the noise linked to shock waves created when an object travels through air faster than the speed of sound. It can sound similar to explosions or thunder.
The suspect in the Sgt Matt Ratana murder inquiry watched violent videos at school and was obsessed with firearms.
Louis De Zoysa, 23, from Norbury, who remains critically ill in hospital. Sgt Ratana, 54, died in hospital in the early hours of Friday after being shot at Croydon Custody Centre.
A former schoolmate said Mr De Zoysa was “reclusive” but “used to brag about being on the dark web.”
Mr De Zoysa, the eldest of five children, attended the John Fisher secondary school in nearby Purley between 2008 and 2015. A school leaving book, shows that peers described Mr De Zoysa as “good with weapons”.
Nearly 100 people, including civilians, have died as battles rage on between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
The mountainous enclave is recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but has been run by Armenians since a war ended in 1994. The self-proclaimed republic has reported 84 military deaths since Sunday, as well as civilian victims.
Azerbaijan has not revealed its military losses, but has confirmed seven civilian deaths.
The fighting that started three days ago now appears to be spilling out of Nagorno-Karabakh. On Tuesday, Armenia’s defence ministry said a passenger bus had been hit by an Azerbaijani drone in the eastern Armenian city of Vardenis. There were no reports of casualties.
Two people have been stabbed and seriously hurt in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Two suspects have been arrested. One of them was seized in the nearby Bastille area with blood on his clothing, police have said.
Anti-terrorism police have taken over the investigation. A security cordon has been set up in the 11th arrondissement in eastern Paris. Nearby metro stations were closed and five schools in the area immediately went into lockdown. The schools were allowed to reopen some hours later.
A long-serving police officer has been shot dead at Croydon Custody Centre in south London.
The male sergeant was shot in the chest before the suspect turned the firearm on himself. The man had been brought to the custody suite in a police vehicle and the shooting happened during questioning about Covid-19.
A minute’s silence has been held for the officer described by the Met Police chief as a “much-loved colleague”.
The victim, who has not been named, is thought to have been a few weeks away from retirement and was described as “one of a kind” by a colleague.