Paris knifeman who killed four colleagues linked to Islamic extremist group

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A person who killed 4 colleagues on the police headquarters in Paris has been linked to a radical Islamist terrorist group.

Muslim convert Michael Harpon, 45, stabbed a senior officer and three guardians of the peace to dying throughout his rampage on the Paris Police Prefecture, which is situated subsequent to Notre Dame Cathedral.

The deaf IT employee, who was ultimately shot lifeless by cops yesterday afternoon, was discovered to have contact with a ‘radical Islamist group’ corresponding to ISIS of Al-Qaeda, in keeping with a supply near the case.

Police made the invention after arresting his spouse, Iham, who can be deaf, after which raiding his house in Paris suburb Gonesse the place they discovered the hyperlinks on a pc and cellphone data.

Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an enquiry for ‘assassination of a public servant in relation to a terrorist enterprise, attempted assassination of a public servant in relation to a terrorist enterprise, and conspiracy in terrorism’.

The character of the assault by Harpon, who initially got here from the French abroad territory of Martinique, corresponded with related ones carried out by terrorists affiliated to ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

The supply mentioned: ‘Many of those involved in similar attacks on the police have been Muslim converts influenced by radical terrorist groups.’

Mrs Harpon remains to be being held by police and is believed to have provided proof towards her deceased husband.

Communication together with her is claimed to be ‘very complicated’ as it’s being made by way of signal language however she did inform officers her husband had ‘heard voices’ and was ‘incoherent and suffered a dementia attack’ the night time earlier than.

The couple have two kids aged 9 and three.

Harpon had transformed to Islam 18 months in the past, and his spouse can be a Muslim.

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Colleagues had described Harpon as a beforehand trusted worker who had full safety clearance to work within the Prefecture’s IT division.

He managed to evade steel detectors by carrying a ceramic knife.

The deceased have been recognized as Basic Damien E., 50, Brice L., 38, Anthony L.., additionally 38, and Aurelia T., 39.

It was the worst lack of French police lives in a single day since World Battle II.

President Emmanuel Macron visited the Paris Police Prefecture constructing in individual, alongside along with his Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, and Inside Minister Christophe Castaner.

Extra reporting by Peter Allen.

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