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Paris Police Attacker a Radicalized Islamist, Says French Prosecutor – Kim Willsher (Guardian-UK)

(Daily Alert, Oct. 7, 2019)

A police administrator who stabbed and killed four people at Paris police headquarters on Thursday was a radicalized Islamist who slit the throat of at least one of his victims, France’s national anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard revealed on Saturday.

Witnesses have told police the attacker, Mikhael H., expressed support for Islamist actions, justified the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and changed his dress several months ago from “Western clothing to that suitable for the mosque.”


The Wall Street Journal: France Rocked by Extremist’s Counterterror Role

(CEP Eye on Extremism, Oct. 7, 2019)

“France has been rocked by a security breach that allowed an Islamist extremist to work in the heart of its counterterrorism apparatus for years, before he killed four of his colleagues last week. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner faced calls to resign Monday from opposition lawmakers over the assault, which snapped the relative lull in terror attacks in France in recent months. Mr. Castaner brushed aside the calls. Mickaël Harpon, a 45-year-old convert to Islam, was allowed to continue working in the intelligence division of the Paris police, despite arguing with colleagues in 2015 that the terror attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was justified, Mr. Castaner said. Harpon’s colleagues mentioned the conversation to their superiors, but he wasn’t flagged in France’s security database that tracks extremists across the nation.”

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