German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere speaks during a news conference to present the 2014 migration report in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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A man who was shot dead after trying to attack a Paris police station last week had been an asylum seeker since 2011 and had a criminal past, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Sunday.The attempted police station assault took place exactly one year since the start of a series of jihadist attacks in Paris, beginning with the murder of 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine on January 7, 2015 .On Saturday, German investigators raided an apartment at a shelter for asylum seekers in the western city of Recklinghausen where they said the police station attacker had lived.The head of North Rhine-Westphalia's criminal police service, Uwe Jacob, said the suspect had travelled to Germany in 2013 for the first time from France, where he had lived illegally previously for five years.Tensions are running high in Germany, where more than 500 cases of New Year's Eve violence against women in Cologne have been recorded, with police saying suspects of the crime spree were mostly asylum seekers and migrants.
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