Updated on June 14 at 6:57 a.m. ET
French President Francois Hollande is labeling as “terrorism” the killing of a police officer and his partner by a man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State.
“It’s unquestionably a terrorist act,” Hollande said Tuesday, adding France, which is hosting Euro 2016, was still “facing a very significant terrorist threat.”
The officer was identified as Jean-Baptiste S, 42, and his partner as Jessica S. Hollande said they were “murdered in cowardly fashion.” Their 3-year-old child was unharmed during the attack in Magnanville, a suburb of Paris.
Abballa, 25, was killed during the police assault on the couple's home in Magnanville, hours after posting a 13-minute live video on Facebook in which he swore allegiance to IS. ...
Abballa lived in nearby Mantes-La-Jolie and was convicted in 2013 of "criminal association with the aim of preparing terrorist acts".
He was sentenced to a three-year term in prison, of which six months were suspended, for recruiting fighters for jihad in Pakistan.
The Amaq news agency, which is linked to the Islamic State, said one of its fighters had carried out the attack.