PARIS (Christian Examiner) – A French police officer and his wife have been stabbed to death in another terror attack in Paris, just one day after an Islamic State loyalist attacked a gay nightclub in Orlando and killed 49 people.
According to French police, a suspected Islamic extremist stabbed French police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing to death outside of his home. The same attacker also reportedly entered the home and killed his wife, Jessica Salvaing, a police administrator.
Like the attacker in Orlando, the Paris terrorist was already on the radar of police of counter-terrorism officials. The 25-year-old French-Moroccan responsible for the attack was arrested in 2013 on charges of supporting terrorist activity by helping French Muslims travel to Pakistan. Police sources said he had been convicted three times in the past of aggravated theft and driving without a license. He was also under surveillance at the time of the attack, police said.
According to police, Larossi Abballa, killed the police commander, 42, and then barricaded himself in the apartment with the commander's wife. He later killed her, but did not kill the couple's three-year-old child. Police shot and killed Abballa when they entered the house.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve called the attack, which occurred just before Euro 2016, "an abject act of terrorism."
The Islamic State has already claimed responsibility for the attack. A radio broadcast on ISIS's Albayan Radio said, "God has enabled one of the caliphate's soldiers in the city of Les Mureaux near Paris to stab to death the deputy police chief and his wife."
If true, it would be the first ISIS attack on French soil since the terror group claimed responsibility for killing 130 people in coordinated attacks in Paris last November.
Compiled from Reuters and other wire reports.