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No indication Paris gunman was Belgian: Belgium prosecutor
April 21, 2017 / 7:29 AM / 7 months ago

No indication Paris gunman was Belgian: Belgium prosecutor

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The identity of a man responsible for a shooting in central Paris remains unclear and there is no indication he was Belgian, Belgium’s federal prosecutors said on Friday.

People raise their arms to show their hands as they walk towards police on a side road near the Champs Elysees Avenue after a shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for Thursday’s shooting, in which a French policeman was shot dead, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.

“Al-Belgiki means the Belgian but it is a very vague identity,” a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutor said, adding he had no indication the gunman was from Belgium.

In November, 2015, when Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites, two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek, editing by Robin Emmott

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