Officials: French Police Attacker Pledged Allegiance to ISIS

A French police officer lays flowers while paying tribute to his colleagues killed in a knife attack near their home in Magnanville, west of Paris, France, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

PARIS — A man who stabbed a police commander and police administrator to death at their home in a Paris suburb pledged loyalty to the leader of the Islamic State group and had a list of other targets, including rappers, journalists, police officers and public officials, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.

Prosecutor Francois Molins said attacker Larossi Abballa made the declaration of allegiance to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in exchanges with officers during a three-hour standoff Monday night in the suburb of Magnanville, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Paris. He was eventually killed by police.

Abballa was responding to IS calls to "kill non-believers where they live," and with their families, Molins said. IS news agency Amaq cited an unnamed source as saying an IS fighter carried out the attack and prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said French authorities have "no reason" to doubt the claim.

Molins said Abballa stabbed Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, a police commander in the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux, outside his home late Monday. He then went inside and took Salvaing’s partner and 3-year-old son hostage. He killed the woman,…

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