An attacker allegedly affiliated with the Daesh terrorist group has killed a police chief and his wife at their home located near Paris before being gunned down by the police.
Jean-Baptiste Salvaing succumbed to multiple stab wounds inflicted by an assailant who reportedly shouted Takfiri slogans during the attack, which took place in the early hours of Tuesday.
After killing the attacker, police found the body of the victim’s wife and rescued his three-year-old son from their home in the Paris suburb of Magnanville.
The attacker is reported to have claimed allegiance to the Takfiri terrorist group while negotiating with the police before being killed.
According to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, the Daesh-linked Amaq News Agency reported the murder on its Telegram channels, posting, “Daesh fighter kills deputy chief of the police station in the city of Les Mureaux and his wife with blade weapons near #Paris.”
Following the incident, French President Francois Hollande announced that a meeting would be held on Tuesday in which “all light will be shed” on the case.
Expressing “infinite sadness” over the death of the 42-year-old police commander and his wife, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted that “The attacker was neutralized by RAID forces, who showed great composure and great professionalism and who saved the couple’s little boy.”
The attack took place a day after the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed and many others were injured when a gunman, identified as a Daesh sympathizer named Omar Mateen, attacked a gay nightclub.