Officer stabbed to death outside home in Manganville by man who shouted slogans, then held the victim’s wife and a boy aged three inside the house.
A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group stabbed a French policeman to death on Monday night before being killed when police moved in, foreign media reports.
The man’s wife was also found dead when police stormed the house. A three-year-old boy was rescued alive. French prosecutors have launched an anti-terror probe into the attack in the Paris suburb of Magnanville that was apparently carried out by a neighbour of the family.
According to media reports that the attacker may have shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he stabbed the policeman repeatedly outside his home before holding the woman and the boy inside. The child was described as the couple’s son by some of the French authorities.
The police officer who died was named in the French media as Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, described as an assistant chief in the nearby district of Les Mureaux. He was reported to have been wearing civilian clothes at the time.
The suspect was a neighbour and authorities tried to negotiate with him before storming the property at around midnight local time, according to French media reports.
Magnanville is about 35 miles north-west of the Paris CBD.
The Site Intelligence Group, a US-based monitor, cited the Isis-linked Amaq News Agency as saying on its Telegram channels: “Islamic State fighter kills deputy chief of the police station in the city of Les Mureaux and his wife with blade weapons near Paris.”
The killing in France came a day after a gunman claiming to be acting in the name of Isis shot dead 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in US history.
France is hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament under tight security. The country is still reeling from the November 2015 jihadist attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.