French Police Employee Who Killed Four Colleagues Converted to Islam Before Attack
French Television BFM TV reported that the French police employee who killed “four of his colleagues at the Paris police headquarters on Thursday was a recent convert to Islam.” The 45-year-old man killed three police officers and one administrative worker at the police station he was employed at before he was shot and killed.
One woman and three men were killed in the attack before police officers were able to shoot and kill the suspect. “Officials so far have not publicly released a motive, and are trying to discover if there was a terrorism link. The man’s wife has been taken in custody.”
France has experienced a lot of unrest due to Islamic extremism. The National Review notes that “The attack marks the fourth public Islamic stabbing incident in France since 2017.” In March of 2018, A gunman with ISIS affiliation shot a group of police officers jogging, then attacked a supermarket.
A Chechnya-born French Muslim went on a stabbing rampage in Paris killing one pedestrian and injuring several more in May of 2018. December 2018 marks the Christmas Market killings where a gunman opened fire killing five and injuring eleven.
In March of this year an inmate stabbed prisons guards while shouting “Allahu Akbar,” an attack labeled as a “terrorism incident” by the French Interior Minister. In May, Algerian Nationalists were arrested in connection with a bombing of the shopping district of Lyon. The bomb used “the same explosive used by Islamist terrorists in November 2015.”
The night of November 13, 2015 “saw the most serious set of terror attacks in French history, when 130 people died in and around Paris, including 90 killed in a siege at a music event at the Bataclan concert hall.”