: RFE/RL: Three dead in stabbing assault on French police officer near Paris

11:15 Jun. 14, 2016

RFE/RL: Three dead in stabbing assault on French police officer near Paris

French police. (GettyImages)

ISIL extremist group is said to be responsible for the assault

A senior French police officer and his partner were killed in a nighttime attack by a knife-wielding man in a distant suburb of Paris, officials said late on June 13. The attacker was also killed, while a young boy was rescued from the scene.

A news agency linked to the ISIL extremist group said the group was responsible. The witnesses later reported the assailant was shouting "Allah akbar!"

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The police commander was stabbed to death outside his home in Magnanville, about 55 kilometers west of Paris, the interior minister's spokesman, Pierre-Henry Brandet, told reporters at the scene. The attacker then retreated indoors before elite police commandos stormed the residence. A woman, the police officer's partner, and the attacker were found dead. A small boy was found unharmed.

"The toll is a heavy one," Brandet told reporters, his voice shaking with emotion. "Thankfully, a little boy was saved. He was in the house. He's safe and sound. He was saved by police officers." The identity and the motive of the assailant were not immediately clear.

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France, like other countries in Europe, has seen a wave of militant violence - often stabbings - aimed at police officers or soldiers.

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