The killer of a French police officer and his wife broadcast the scene of the attack live on Facebook Monday night, according CNN sources. He reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” as he stabbed a policeman nine times in the stomach before holding the officer’s wife and three-year-old son hostage in their home.
The man who carried out the deadly knife attack in Magnanville, which is 28 miles northwest of Paris, was Larossi Abballa. On his live Facebook broadcast, he pondered to those watching what to do with the child.
When negotiations failed, an armed police unit stormed the house and shot him dead. The chief’s wife was found dead but their child was rescued unharmed.
The attack has been claimed by ISIS, according to the website of the Amaq agency.
If that link is confirmed, it would be the first militant strike on French soil since the government imposed a state of emergency after the Paris attacks in November that killed 130 people.
French President Francois Hollande says the crime was “unquestionably a terrorist act.” CNN has reported that,
Aballa was convicted in 2013 for involvement in a jihadi recruitment network that sent fighters to Pakistan. He was also suspected by French security services of having links to a recruitment network for jihadis in Syria, the source close to the investigation told CNN’s Cruickshank.
According to Magnanville Mayor Michel Lebouc, Abballa grew up in nearby Mantes-la-Jolie, which has a history of radicalization in its mosques.
In the video, Abballa claimed he was responding to a call from senior ISIS leader Abu Mohammed al-Adnani for the terror group’s followers in Europe and the United States to carry out attacks during Ramadan.
The killings come as France is on high alert for terrorist attacks as it hosts the Euro 2016 football championship, Europe’s centerpiece football event.
U.S. and British officials have both warned their citizens about the potential terror risks of attending.
The country has been under an official state of emergency since the ISIS terror attacks in Paris on November 13 last year, in which 130 people were killed. An ISIS cell connected to the Paris attacks then went on to strike the capital of neighboring Belgium in March, killing 32 people.
The French government has extended the state of emergency until the end of July to cover the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, which is being held in the country, and the Tour de France cycling race this summer.
French authorities appear to be overwhelmed and under-resourced to respond to the threat.
Intelligence officials have previously told CNN that it takes 15 to 20 staff to monitor a suspect around the clock — and France has about 11,000 people on its “fiche S” list, used to flag radicalized individuals considered a threat to national security.