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Three detained in connection with deadly terrorist stabbing of French policeman

Thomas Samson, AFP | French police block access to the street in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a policeman and his companion on the night of June 13
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French police have detained three men in connection with an investigation into the deadly stabbing of a French police officer and his companion at their home in a suburb of Paris on Monday evening in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

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  • A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group stabbed French police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, and his 35-year-old companion, Jessica Schneider, to death on Monday night before he was killed in a dramatic police operation. The attacker also took the couple’s 3-year-old son hostage, who was rescued by police unharmed, but in a state of shock.
  • French President François Hollande said Tuesday the murders in the western Paris suburb of Magnanville western suburb of Paris were "unquestionably a terrorist act" and he convened an emergency cabinet meeting.
     
  • Paris Prosecutor François Molins identified the suspect as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, confirming earlier reports that he had been sentenced in 2013 for links to a jihadist network that sent recruits to Pakistan. He said that three men had been detained in connection with an investigation into the murders.
  • A news agency linked to the IS group said the attack had been carried out by an “Islamic State fighter”, days after posting a similar claim following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
  • The bloodshed comes as France hosts the Euro 2016 football tournament under tight security, and is still under a state of emergency proclaimed in the wake of the November 13 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris.

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