A police chief has been stabbed to death by a knife-wielding man, in the French capital, Paris, in an attack claimed by Islamic State militants.
A knife-wielding attacker stabbed a French police chief to death in front of his home late on Monday and his partner’s body was found inside, officials said, killings Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said were carried out by a member of the group.
The attacker repeatedly knifed the 42-year-old commander, Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, in the stomach before barricading himself inside the house in a Paris suburb, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.
He was shot dead by members of an elite police unit after negotiations failed.
Police and judicial sources said that the attacker was a 25-year-old man who had been monitored by security and anti-terrorist services after he received a three-year prison sentence in 2013 for helping Islamist militants go to Pakistan.
A judicial source said the anti-terrorism unit of the prosecutor’s office had been given responsibility for the investigation because of comments made during lengthy exchanges between the assailant and negotiators.
If it is confirmed Islamic State was behind the murders, it would be the first militant strike on French soil since the government imposed a state of emergency after multiple attacks on Paris in November that killed 130 people.