Tonight, Islamic extremism has, once again, struck Paris. A man shouting “Allahu Akhbar,” wielding a knife, killed a police chief and his wife. The couple’s three-year-old boy was spared after police stormed the home and killed the assailant.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
As The Telegraph UK reports:
French police sources said the unnamed killer had pledged allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Isil claimed responsibility for the killings in a statement released by the Amaq news agency, the group’s propaganda outlet, which it also used to announce that the Orlando massacre was perpetrated by an Isil fighter.
The couple’s three-year-old son was rescued after police stormed the home in the north-western Paris suburb of Magnanville and shot dead the attacker.
He stabbed the 42-year-old officer, who held the rank of “commandant” (commander), nine times in the stomach at his front door. After stabbing the policeman, the attacker forced his way into the home.
It was unclear how the policeman’s wife was killed. She worked as a secretary at a local police station.
“The toll is a heavy one,” Mr Brandet told reporters, his voice shaking with emotion. “This commander, this police officer was killed by the individual … (and) we discovered the body of a woman. The assailant, the criminal was killed. Thankfully, a little boy was saved. He was in the house. He’s safe and sound. He was saved by police officers.”
Police sources said the attacker was a former soldier and a neighbour of the couple.
Some sources described the attacker as a neighbour of the policeman, who was in plain clothes when he was killed. Witnesses heard the assailant, described as a teenager or in his early 20s, shout “Allahu Akhbar”, Arabic for “God is great”.
Counter-terrorism prosecutors were placed in charge of the investigation, which had initially been treated as a criminal case.
The prosecutor in the Versailles area outside Paris said the little boy was receiving medical attention.
Thankfully, the little boy was saved — though, tragically, he will grow up without his parents as a result of this vicious attack.
So far, no one is blaming the knife for the horrific murder of the police chief and his wife; that would be silly, of course.
Though the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, it’s difficult to know if the organization is claiming “credit” (in their minds) for what appear to be lone wolf type attacks that they have encouraged their followers far and wide to undertake. And for which they have promised will yield extra credit if carried out during the holy month of Ramadan.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]