Sus­pect in po­lice mur­der pledged loy­alty to ISIS

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A man who stabbed a po­lice com­man­der and po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tor to death at their home in a Paris sub­urb pledged loy­alty to the leader of ISIS and had a list of other tar­gets, in­clud­ing rap­pers, jour­nal­ists, po­lice of­fi­cers and pub­lic of­fi­cials, the Paris pros­e­cu­tor has said.

Fran­cois Molins said at­tacker Larossi Ab­balla made the dec­la­ra­tion of al­le­giance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Bagh­dadi in ex­changes with of­fi­cers dur­ing a three-hour stand-off on Monday night in the sub­urb of Mag­nanville, about 55km west of Paris. He was even­tu­ally killed by po­lice.

Ab­balla was re­spond­ing to ISIS calls to “kill non-be­liev­ers where they live”, and with their fam­i­lies, Molins said. ISIS news agency Amaq cited an un­named source as say­ing an ISIS fighter car­ried out the at­tack and pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice spokes­woman Agnes Thibault-Le­cuivre said French author­i­ties have “no rea­son” to doubt the claim.

Molins said Ab­balla stabbed Jean-Bap­tiste Sal­vaing, 42, a po­lice com­man­der in the Paris sub­urb of Les Mureaux, out­side his home late on Monday. He then went inside and took Sal­vaing’s part­ner and three-year-old son hostage. He killed the woman, who was a po­lice ad­min­is­tra­tor in the sub­urb of Mantes-la-Jolie, but did not harm the boy, Molins said.

Ab­balla recorded a 12-minute video re­lated to the at­tack and posted it on Face­book, Molins said, but he did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails or con­firm an ear­lier re­port from a po­lice of­fi­cial who said Ab­balla posted the video on Face­book’s live-streaming ser­vice, Face­book Live.

Molins said three peo­ple - ages 27, 29 and 44 - were de­tained yes­ter­day in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He did not pro­vide any other de­tails.

French Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande said ear­lier yes­ter­day that it was “in­con­testably a ter­ror­ist act” and that France faces a threat “of a very large scale”.

The coun­try has been on par­tic­u­larly high alert as it hosts Europe’s top sport­ing event, the month-long Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship foot­ball tour­na­ment, and is still un­der a state of emer­gency af­ter the Novem­ber ISIS at­tacks in Paris that killed 130 peo­ple.

Ab­balla, 25, was from Mantes-la-Jolie and was sen­tenced in 2013 to three years in prison for re­cruit­ing fight­ers for ji­had in Pak­istan, ac­cord­ing to two po­lice of­fi­cials.

A res­i­dent of the apart­ment build­ing where Ab­balla lived said po­lice raided it early yes­ter­day.

ON ALERT: Of­fi­cers guard the scene fol­low­ing the fa­tal stab­bing of a po­lice com­man­der

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