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 / Updated  / Source: Associated Press
By The Associated Press

Russia's interior minister said he will send a German shepherd puppy to the French police to honor a police dog killed in action and express solidarity with France in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

The puppy named Dobrynya in Moscow.RUSSIA'S INTERIOR MINISTRY via AFP

France's National Police said a 7-year-old Belgian shepherd named Diesel was "killed by terrorists" on Wednesday during a raid in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.

Gen. Vladimir Kolokoltsevs said in a statement late on Friday that along with his condolences over the deadly attacks he will send to his French counterpart a puppy so that it "could replace Diesel."

"Assault dogs and explosive-sniffing dog: indispensable in RAID missions," French police said in a post on Twitter after announcing Diesel's death.

Kolokoltsev said the puppy was named Dobrynya after a Russian fairy-tale knight who "symbolizes strength, goodness, valor and unconditional support."