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France knife attacker threatened bloodbath in online video

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 00:39

Larossi Abballa, the Frenchman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State and killed a police commander and his partner at their home, posted a video online saying the Euro 2016 soccer championships ''will be a graveyard.'' Subtitled Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Larossi Abballa, a Frenchman who pledged allegiance to Islamic State and stabbed a police commander to death outside his home and killed his partner, posted a video online saying the European football championships "will be a graveyard". In the video, posted by the Islamic State's news agency Amaq, Abballa said: "We've got other surprises in store for you, for the Euro (football championships) - but I'm not telling you anything more. The Euro will be a graveyard." The attacker knifed 42-year-old police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing repeatedly in the stomach on Monday evening, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. He then barricaded himself inside the house in Magnanville, a suburb 60 km (40 miles) west of Paris, taking the policeman's partner Jessica Schneider, 36, and their boy hostage. Schneider, a secretary at a police station in a nearby suburb, was killed with a knife. The couple's three-year-old son was later found unharmed but in a state of shock after police commandos stormed the house and killed Abballa. Born in France of Moroccan origin, 25-year-old Abballa was jailed in 2013 for helping Islamist militants go to Pakistan and had been under security service surveillance, including wiretaps, at the time of the attack, Molins said. The attacker told police negotiators during the siege he had answered an appeal by Iraq-based Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi "to kill infidels at home with their families," Molins told a news conference. Police found a bloodied knife at the scene along with a list of other potential targets including rap musicians, journalists and police officers, the prosecutor said.

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France knife attacker threatened bloodbath in online video

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 00:39