Suspect in police murder pledged loyalty to ISIS
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