Paris: Police HQ knife killer had signs of ‘radicalization’; probe handed to terrorism prosecutor

Paris: Police HQ knife killer had signs of ‘radicalization’; probe handed to terrorism prosecutor
Carnage at Paris police HQ, Oct 2019. CBS News video via Twitter

[Ed. – As night the day.  The original report was that he had converted to Islam 18 months ago.  Martinique would be the French-owned island in the Caribbean.]

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said on Saturday an investigation had detected signs of “latent radicalization” in an attacker who knifed four co-workers to death at police headquarters in Paris this week.

Francois Ricard, the anti-terrorism prosecutor, said his office had taken over the probe because of signs the crime was premeditated and because of the nature of injuries found on at least one of the victims. The prosecutor also said that the attacker had stated a desire to die. …

The investigation also revealed contacts between the attacker and several individuals who are likely to belong to an Islamist Salafist movement, Ricard said. …

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The attacker was born on the French island of Martinique and had worked at the police headquarters for several years. He converted to Islam about 10 years ago, Ricard said.

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