French police officer, partner slain near Paris; IS claims responsibility
In a suspected ISIS attack, a French police commander is stabbed to death outside his home. Soon after the incident, one of the police chief’s partner was also killed in an attack claimed by ISIS.
The government denounced it as “an abject act of terrorism”.
According to reports, the attacker is a 25-year-old who went to jail in 2013 for helping Islamist militants go to Pakistan and had been monitored by security services. The assailant repeatedly knifed the 42-year-old commander in the abdomen.
Following the stabbing, the attacker barricaded himself inside the house in Magnanville, a suburb some 60 km west of Paris, taking the policeman’s spouse and three-year-old son as hostage.
“The police chief’s partner was found dead in the house. The boy was left unharmed but in a state of shock,” an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
The attacker was later shot dead by members of an elite police after negotiations failed. Police source identified the assailant as Larossi Abballa.
“An abject act of terrorism was carried out yesterday in Magnanville,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve.
President Francois Hollande called the attack as”undeniably a terrorist act”, expressing that the terror threat in France was very high. The killing of the officer happened as France police were on high alert for attacks during the Euro 2016.
ISIS’s Amaq news agency said an IS “fighter” carried out the attack.
This would be the first militant strike on French soil since the government imposed a state of emergency after multiple attacks on Paris in November that killed 130 people.
Islamic State’s claim that one of its “fighters” carried out the evening attack came a day after the Islamist militant group said it was responsible for the shooting that killed 49 people in a massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.