Today a brutal stabbing and subsequent hostage situation unfolded in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, about 35 miles outside of the city. A police commander was violently stabbed to death outside of his home by an assailant who then forced his way into the residence and took the officer’s wife and child hostage.
Police were in contact with the hostage-taker but eventually stormed the residence to find that the wife had also been murdered. During the raid, the murderer was killed by police. The child was found alive and rescued.
The Telegraph reports that witnesses described the attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” during the murder and home invasion.
Police sources said the attacker, who has not been named, was a former soldier and a neighbour of the couple.
Some sources described the attacker as a neighbour of the policeman, who was in plain clothes when he was killed. Witnesses heard the assailant, described as a teenager or in his early 20s, shout “Allahu Akhbar”, Arabic for God is great.
Multiple other sources report on the attacker’s Islamic shout, including RT and several French language news outlets.
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The Telegraph reports that the raid was caught on camera, but did not have video at the time of this posting.
The child was rescued and was “shocked but unharmed”, the interior ministry spokesman, Pierre-Henry Brandet, said.
Five detonations or shots were heard by millions on live television while Mr Brandet spoke to reporters as police stormed the home.
If the situation warrants we will update this post with more information.