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Security stepped up in Irish camp after IS-linked double murder

Published 15/06/2016

Republic of Ireland play at the Stade de Montbauron, Versailles, on Saturday
Republic of Ireland play at the Stade de Montbauron, Versailles, on Saturday

Security has been stepped up at the Republic of Ireland's training base in Versailles after a double murder where the suspect is said to have declared his allegiance to Islamic State.

There was a more prominent police presence at the Stade de Montbauron on Wednesday morning as a result of the stabbing to death of a police commander and his wife at Magnanville - around a 30-mile drive from Versailles, to the west of Paris - on Monday evening.

The incident happened shortly after the Republic's 1-1 draw with Sweden in their opening Euro 2016 game at the Stade de France.

Security was already tight around the tournament, with armed guards patrolling the team hotel and travelling on the coach with the players.

The Frenchman suspected of killing the two police officers declared his allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and threatened to kill non-believers, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.

Attacker Larossi Abballa made the declaration in exchanges with police during the stand-off on Monday night.

Mr Molins said Abballa, who was also found dead in the house after the stand-off, responded to IS calls to kill non-believers and their families wherever they live.

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