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    Jun 15, 2016

    Police couple in France killed by man, ISIS claims credit


    A MAN proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group stabbed to death a French police commander outside his home in northern France and later killed his girlfriend inside the house, media reported.

    Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, was stabbed nine times on Monday night by the assailant - later identified as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa - in the town of Magnanville, about 60km west of Paris, reported France-tvinfo, an aggregator news website.

    The French-born attacker later barricaded himself in the house holding Mr Salvaing's companion Jessica S. - a police administrator - and their three-year-old child as hostages.

    He was shot dead when commandos stormed the house soon after midnight, where they found the child "shocked but unharmed" and Jessica, 36, dead with knife wounds in the neck.

    According to French journalist David Thomson, Abballa started a live video on Facebook on Monday night via his account named "Mohamed Ali" when he was in Mr Salvaing's home.

    In the video, he called for the "killing of police officers, prison guards, journalists, rappers" and a dozen public figures, said Mr Thomson.

    The video, which was removed 11 hours after it was released, also showed him declaring "the Euro will be a graveyard", in reference to the Euro 2016 football tournament.

    Abballa, who lived in Mantes-la-Jolie city, close to Magnanville, and had just opened a food delivery shop there, had previously been convicted for crimes including theft and violence, reported the RTL broadcaster.

    In 2013, he was given a three-year sentence for helping Islamist militants go to Pakistan but served only a few months.

    Three men aged 27, 29 and 44, described as acquaintances of Abballa, were arrested yesterday morning.

    ISIS yesterday claimed the attack was by "one of the caliphate's soldiers", using the same words it had applied to the attacker in Sunday's Orlando mass shooting.

    If it is confirmed that ISIS was behind the killing, it would be the first militant strike on French soil since the multiple attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and the national football stadium in Paris in November.