French prosecutor opens terrorist probe for killing officials


Rambouillet, France — French prosecutors have launched a terrorist investigation into a deadly stab wound by a French police officer on Friday at a police station near the historic Rambouillet castle on the outskirts of Paris. Police shot and killed the attackers on the scene, officials said.

Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricardo told reporters that his office took over the investigation after the attacker stakes the station, spoke during the attack, and targeted police officers.

Ricard did not provide details about the identity or motivation of the attacker. According to French media reports, he was identified as a 37-year-old French resident with no criminal record or record of extremism.

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On April 23, 2021, police officers blocked access to the police station in Rambouillet, southwestern Paris. (Michel Euler / AP Photo)

French law enforcement officials said the suspect was born in Tunisia and witnesses heard him say “Allahu Akbar” in Arabic, which means “God is wonderful,” during the attack. Judiciary authorities were not allowed to publicly nominate to speak about the ongoing investigation.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex rushed to the scene with other officials and vowed the government’s “decision to fight all forms of terrorism.” Islamic extremists and others have carried out multiple terrorist attacks in France in recent years, including some targeted police.

The official killed on Friday was a 49-year-old executive who was working at the station for national police services, a national police spokesman told The Associated Press.

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On April 23, 2021, police officers blocked access to the police station in Rambouillet, southwestern Paris. (Michel Euler / AP Photo)

The National Counterterrorism Center has begun investigating the killings of people in public agencies in connection with terrorist groups.

“Police are a symbol of the republic. President Valerie Pécrès of the Paris region told reporters on the scene, adding that the” face of France “was targeted.

The attack occurred just inside a police station in a quiet residential area of ​​the town of Rambouillet, southwest of Paris. It is about 750 meters (820 yards) from the former royal palace, which is sometimes used for international peace negotiations. After the stab, a police cordon rang the area.

The attack occurs when President Emmanuel Macron’s government is strengthening its security policy in the face of voters’ concerns about crime and police complaints that they are facing increasing danger. .. The shift prepares for France’s June local elections, where security is a major issue, and next year’s presidential election, where Macron’s main challenger may be the far-right leader Marine Le Pen. It happens when you are.

Angela Charlton and Michelle Euler