ISIS claimed responsibility for the murder of a police officer in the Champs-Élysées terror attack in Paris yesterday, and Belgian police transferred information regarding another suspect who turned himself in.
This morning (Friday), French authorities reported that they are conducting a manhunt for a suspect related to yesterday’s terror attack in the Champs-Élysées in Paris, following information given to them by the Belgian police. Shortly after, Belgian news outlets reported that the suspect turned himself in.
The shooter, who was eliminated at the scene, was 39-year-old Paris resident Karim Cheurfi. Several hours following the attack, ISIS claimed responsibility and identified the shooter as an ISIS soldier by the name of Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki. According to reports, Cheurfi held a French citizenship and was involved in several cases of violence in the past.
Arc de Triomphe Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
Police searched his house, which is located in the eastern part of the city and 3 members of his family were arrested. A French Interior Ministry spokesperson said he was an “individual known by the judiciary and police services – a dangerous individual.”
Scene of attack, yesterday Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News
French President François Hollande said the attack was most likely terrorist related. According to the investigation, the terrorist stopped his vehicle at a red light and opened fire with an automatic weapon at a police vehicle, murdering a police officer and injuring several others before being eliminated.
The shooting occurred only days before the first round of the French presidential election.
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