A convicted French terrorist who pledged allegiance to ISIS fatally stabbed an off-duty police officer and the cop’s girlfriend in the couple’s home Monday night, and live-streamed himself on Facebook while barricaded in their home, officials said.
The killer, French national Larossi Abballa, kept a list filled with other targets — including rappers, journalists, public officials and other police officers, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Tuesday.
But he ended up attacking Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, a police commander in the Paris suburb of Les Mureaux.
Abballa stabbed Salvaing outside the officer’s home, then stormed the house and took the cop’s girlfriend and 3-year-old son hostage, officials said. He murdered the woman, but the child was unharmed.
During a three-hour standoff, Abballa streamed himself on Facebook Live. Speaking calmly for 12 minutes, and switching between French and Arabic, he pledged allegiance to ISIS and bluntly confessed to his carnage.
“I just killed a police officer and his wife,” Abballa said.
“The police are currently surrounding me.”
He encouraged ISIS supporters to continue attacks on prominent people, and warned about an assault at the European Championship soccer matches, saying terrorists will turn the tournament into “a graveyard.”
Officers eventually shot and killed him.
Abballa, 25, had been sentenced in 2013 to three years in prison for recruiting jihadist fighters in Pakistan, officials said.
Molins said Abballa was responding to calls from ISIS to “kill non-believers where they live,” though it is unknown why he targeted the police commander.
French President Francois Hollande called the killings “incontestably a terrorist attack,” committed by a “coward.” He said France faces “very large scale” threats of more violence.
Amaq, the ISIS news agency, said Abballa had connections to ISIS, but the terror group did not claim responsibility for the attack.
Abballa’s Facebook featured posts criticizing Israel and Saudi Arabia, and mocking the European Championship logo with occult symbols.
In his final public post, 18 hours before the murders, he wrote: “Some will say we see evil everywhere!”
The account disappeared after his stream, and Facebook said it is working with authorities on the case.
Three people — aged 27, 29 and 44 — were arrested Tuesday as part of the probe into the slaughter, officials said. Their possible involvement was not revealed. Government officials said more than 100 people have been arrested in France as potential terror threats so far in 2016.
With News Wire Services