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French police double-killing suspect Larossi Abballa 'pledged allegiance to Islamic State' and broadcast horror attack film on Facebook

Published 14/06/2016

Larossi Abballa, 25, who stabbed a policeman repeatedly outside his home in Magnanville, a northwestern suburb of Paris, before holing up inside with the policeman's partner and the couple's three-year-old son.
Larossi Abballa, 25, who stabbed a policeman repeatedly outside his home in Magnanville, a northwestern suburb of Paris, before holing up inside with the policeman's partner and the couple's three-year-old son.
A man gives flowers to a French policeman standing guard on June 14, 2016 outside of the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
A photo taken on June 14, 2016 in Magnanville, shows a French police officer lifting the cordon as a police vehicle leaves the street where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
French policemen escort neighbours returning to their house on June 14, 2016 in the street of Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
A man gives flowers to a French policeman standing guard on June 14, 2016 outside of the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
A man shakes hands with a French policeman to thank him as he returns to his house on June 14, 2016 in a street of Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
The police commander was stabbed to death outside his home in Magnanville (AP)

A Frenchman suspected of killing two police officers is said to have broadcast the attack on Facebook and declared his allegiance to Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi before threatening to kill non-believers, according to reports in France.

Attacker Larossi Abballa made the declaration in exchanges with police during a stand-off on Monday night at a house in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, where a police commander and his partner were found dead.

Prosecutor Francois 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.

The couple's three-year-old child was found unharmed in the property after the stand-off.

Abballa is said to have filmed the knife attack before posting it on Facebook Live.

A police official said that at one point in the video, the attacker puzzles over what to do with the child.

IS news agency Amaq cited an unnamed source as saying an IS fighter carried out the attack.

Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said French authorities have "no reason" to doubt that claim.

Abballa had a list of targets, including journalists and public figures, according to Mr Molins.

Searches of Abballa's home had tuned up a list of "rappers, journalists, police officers and public personalities".

The Mayor of Magnanville, Michel Lebouc, answers journalists' questions on June 14, 2016 outside of the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a
The Mayor of Magnanville, Michel Lebouc, answers journalists' questions on June 14, 2016 outside of the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
The Mayor of Magnanville, Michel Lebouc (L), speaks with policemen on June 14, 2016 outside of the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
The Mayor of Magnanville, Michel Lebouc, answers journalists' questions on June 14, 2016 outside of the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
French policemen stand guard as a woman and a child cross the closed street to access a stadium on June 14, 2016 near the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
French policemen stand guard on June 14, 2016 near the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
A French policeman bring flowers on June 14, 2016 to the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
French policemen stand guard on June 14, 2016 near the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images
A French policeman bring flowers on June 14, 2016 to the house in Magnanville where a man claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group killed a French policeman and his partner on the night of June 13. The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said on June 14. The killer, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group three weeks ago, Francois Molins told a news conference. / AFP PHOTO / MATTHIEU ALEXANDREMATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images

Mr Molins give no further detail on the list, or whether it had specific names.

Mr Molins said Abballa stabbed Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, a police commander in the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux, outside his home on Monday night.

He then went inside and took Salvaing's partner and three-year-old son hostage. He killed the woman, who was a police administrator in the suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, but did not harm the boy, Mr Molins said.

Abballa recorded a 12-minute video related to the attack and posted it on Facebook, Molins said, but he did not provide further details.

The prosecutor added Mr Molins said three people - aged 27, 29 and 44 - were detained as part of the investigation.

French president Francois Hollande said earlier that the incident was "incontestably a terrorist act", and that France faces a threat "of a very large scale".

The country has been on particularly high alert as it hosts the Euro 2016 football tournament, and is still under a state of emergency after the November IS attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.

Mr Hollande hosted an emergency security meeting on Tuesday.

He said: "France is not the only country concerned (by the terrorist threat), as we have seen, again, in the United States, in Orlando."

Abballa, 25, was from Mantes-la-Jolie and was sentenced in 2013 to three years in prison for recruiting fighters for jihad in Pakistan, according to two police officials.

A resident of the apartment building where Abballa lived, who did not want to give his name, said police had raided it early today.

A Facebook profile bearing the name Larossi Abballa - which vanished from the internet early Tuesday - showed a photo of a smiling, bearded man.

Two recent posts featured videos critical of Israel and Saudi Arabia. The last publicly available post was a mock-up of the European Championship logo, highlighting what the poster said were masonic and occult symbols.

"Some will say we see evil everywhere!" Abballa said in a message posted about 18 hours before the attack.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve visited the police station in Les Mureaux where Mr Salvaing worked.

He said more than 100 people seen as potential threats have been arrested in France this year, including in recent weeks.

France, like other countries in Europe, has seen a series of stabbings aimed at police officers or soldiers and carried out by Muslim radicals.

Monday's attack has shaken police officers, and Mr Cazeneuve said they would be allowed to take home their service weapons.

"Today every police officer is a target," Yves Lefebvre of police union Unite SGP Police-FO said.

He said attackers are "professionalising" and can now find police in their homes.

In Paris, the Eiffel Tower was lit up on Monday night in the colours of the rainbow to honour victims of Saturday's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed at least 49 people.

The gunman in that case declared his allegiance to IS in phone calls to police, but his motives remain unclear.

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