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Knife attacker in France stated to have watched jihadist movies



  • A 36-year-old Tunisian man, who stabbed to loss of life a police worker outdoors Paris, is alleged to have watched jihadist propaganda movies simply earlier than the assault.
  • France’s anti-terror prosecutor stated that the attacker’s father “revealed that his son had adopted a rigorous apply of Islam”.
  • Investigators are nonetheless making an attempt to work out what prompted the assault by the person.

A Tunisian man who stabbed to loss of life a police worker outdoors Paris watched jihadist propaganda movies simply earlier than the assault, France’s anti-terror prosecutor stated on Sunday, including {that a} fifth particular person was detained for questioning.

Primarily based on an evaluation of the killer’s cellphone in addition to his social media postings, “his radicalisation seems little doubtful”, Jean-Francois Ricard stated at a press convention.

The 36-year-old attacker, recognized as Jamel Gorchene, stabbed a lady who labored on the police station in Rambouillet, a suburb southwest of Paris, on Friday as she was coming back from a break.

Racing into the constructing’s safe entry corridor, he grabbed the sufferer from behind and stabbed her within the abdomen and throat whereas yelling “Allahu Akbar” (God is Best), Ricard stated.

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An officer within the constructing shot Gorchene after he refused an order to drop the knife, which had a 22-centimetre blade.

Investigators later found that he had watched movies of songs praising jihadist fighters on his cellphone moments earlier than the assault.

A Koran and a prayer rug have been present in his scooter afterwards, Ricard stated.

Video surveillance cameras seem to indicate that Gorchene visited a brief prayer corridor in Rambouillet a couple of hours earlier than arriving on the station, he added, although the photographs don’t verify if he entered the constructing.

Gorchene’s father, who was nonetheless being held for questioning Sunday, “revealed that his son had adopted a rigorous apply of Islam”, Ricard stated.

He added:

Then again, he additionally stated that he had seen behavioural troubles because the starting of this 12 months.

A cousin in addition to a pair who housed Gorchene after he arrived illegally in France in 2009 have been additionally nonetheless in custody.

One other cousin was detained on Sunday, Ricard stated, as investigators attempt to work out what prompted the assault by a person unknown to any of France’s intelligence providers and with out a prison file.

‘Barbaric act’

France has suffered a wave of Islamist terror assaults which have killed greater than 250 individuals in recent times, with Ricard saying the Rambouillet assault was the seventeenth since 2014.

Gorchene, who obtained a French residency allow final 12 months, had returned final month to Tunisia to go to his household, his first journey to the nation since he immigrated.

Ricard stated investigators have been working with Tunisian authorities, whereas Tunisia’s embassy in Paris stated it “strongly condemned” a “barbaric act” carried out in the course of the holy month of Ramadan.

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Posts on Gorchene’s Fb web page point out that he might need been spurred to motion after the jihadist homicide of Samuel Paty, a college instructor, final October, Ricard stated.

Paty had angered some college students’ dad and mom by exhibiting controversial cartoons of the prophet Mohammed printed by the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, whose places of work have been additionally focused in a lethal jihadist assault in 2015.

After the Paty homicide, Gorchene embraced “an ideology that legitimises violence in opposition to those that offend the prophet,” Ricard stated.

‘Remoted people’ 

Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin stated the federal government would current a brand new legislation this week to toughen anti-terror measures, together with elevated use of pc algorithms to detect potential terror threats amongst web customers.

He informed the Journal du Dimanche newspaper on Sunday: 

We are actually coping with remoted people, more and more youthful and unknown to intelligence providers, and infrequently with none hyperlinks to established Islamist teams

President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday visited the police station in Rambouillet in addition to the bakery owned by the husband of the sufferer, a 49-year-old mom of two teenage ladies.

The most recent bloodshed and violence concentrating on police are more likely to heighten consideration on the hazard of Islamic extremism in France and on wider considerations about safety and immigration a 12 months forward of presidential elections.

Polls at present point out that Macron will face a troublesome race in opposition to far-right chief Marine Le Pen, who accused the federal government of failing to eradicate “Islamism” within the wake of the assault.

However different critics say Macron’s efforts to deal with spiritual extremism, together with making it simpler for authorities to trace overseas funding of mosques, danger stigmatising or alienating French Muslims



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