#AceNewsReport – Apr.24: The assailant, identified as a 36-year-old Tunisian national, was immediately “neutralized” by the victim’s fellow officers, who shot him, a police source close to the investigation told NBC News, adding that he died from his injuries. His name was not released:
Terror investigation launched after female police officer stabbed to death in police HQ and the country has lost one of its everyday heroines in a barbaric gesture of infinite cowardice,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex.
24 Apr, 2021 11:05
France’s top officials have reiterated their pledge to continue fighting terrorism in the aftermath of the killing of a policewoman by a suspected Islamist outside of Paris. A terror inquiry into the incident has been launched.
The victim, aged 49, died from her wounds.
France’s National Police named her as Stephanie M. in a tweet, which called her killing “cowardly.” As an administrative officer she would not work on the street but in an office.
President Emmanuel Macron also paid tribute to her on Twitter. “In the fight against Islamist terrorism, we will not give up,” he wrote.
Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference that his office took over the probe because the attacker had staked out the station, because of statements he made during the attack and because he targeted a police official.
He did not provide details on the motive.
The source close to the investigation said the assailant cried “Allahu Akbar” when he attacked.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin visited the scene of the attack in the small town to the southwest of Paris known for a grandiose former royal estate.
“France has lost one of its everyday heroines in a barbaric gesture of infinite cowardice,” Castex told reporters at the scene. “To her loved ones, I want to express the support of the whole nation. To our security forces, I want to say that I share their emotion and their indignation.”
“Our determination is more intact than ever to fight against terrorism in all its forms,” he said at a subsequent news conference.
France has seen deadly attacks against police in the past, including some by Islamic extremists or Islamist-inspired individuals in recent years. Around 250 people have been killed.
Tackling religious extremism, domestic security and notions of French identity are likely to be important issues in the presidential election next year.
Friday’s attack was six months after an Islamist teenager beheaded a schoolteacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, another Paris satellite town after he showed students and offensive image of the Prophet Muhammad.
That followed an attack which saw two people stabbed and wounded near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine where Islamist militants killed 12 people in 2015.
The French capital was also rocked by multiple gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city in November 2015, which left 130 people dead and 368 wounded. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, although two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.
Factbox-Deadly attacks in France:
Factbox-Deadly attacks in France:
(Reuters) – An attacker with a knife stabbed to death a female police worker in Rambouillet, near Paris on Friday.
Here are some other attacks that have taken place in France
- Oct 29, 2020 – A knife-wielding Tunisian man shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in the French city of Nice before being shot and taken away by police.
- Oct. 16, 2020 – School teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded on the street of a Paris suburb. Paty had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering some Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker of Chechen origin.
- Sept. 15, 2020 – Two people were stabbed and wounded in Paris near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015. A man originally from Pakistan was arrested over the attack.
- Oct. 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, 45, an IT specialist with security clearance to work in the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and one civilian employee before being shot dead by police. He had converted to Islam 10 years earlier.
- March 23, 2018 – A gunman killed three people in southwestern France after holding up a car, firing on police and taking hostages in a supermarket. Security forces stormed the building and killed him.
- July 26, 2016 – Two attackers killed a priest and seriously wounded another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by police. Francois Hollande, France’s president at the time, said the hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.
- July 14, 2016 – A gunman drove a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring scores more in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The attacker was identified as a Tunisian-born Frenchman.
- June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabbed a police commander to death outside his home in a Paris suburb and killed his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police he was answering an appeal by Islamic State.
- Nov. 13, 2015 – Paris was rocked by multiple gun and bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city, in which 130 people were killed and 368 wounded. Islamic State said it was responsible. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three were French.
- Jan. 7-9, 2015 – Two Islamist militant gunmen broke into satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo’s offices on Jan. 7 and killed 12 people. Another militant killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages at a supermarket on Jan. 9, killing four before police shot him dead.
By Nancy Ing and Henry AustinApril 23, 2021, 1:50 PM EDTA police officer stands guard in the area where an attacker stabbed a female police administrative worker, in Rambouillet, near Paris on Friday.Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters
Nancy Ing is a Paris-based producer.Henry Austin is a London-based editor for NBC News Digital: Nancy Ing reported from Paris and Henry Austin from London. Nancy Ing
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