2016 Magnanville stabbing
|Date||09:00, 13 June 2016|
• Hostage taking
|Description||President Hollande called it “incontestably a terrorist act” and said France was facing a terror threat “of a very large scale”|
On 13 June 2016, a police officer and his partner were stabbed to death in France. The murders occured at their home in Magnanville, a small town 30 miles outside Paris.
On 13 June 2016, Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, a 42-year-old French police commanding officer at Mureaux police station was returning home to his house located in allée des Perdrix, Magnanville (35 miles north-west of Paris). Around 8:00pm, 25-year-old male Larossi Abballa parked his car 20 metres away from the house and hid behind its front gate. Commander Salvaing entered his property at around 8:30pm and Aballa immediately attacked him, stabbing him twice. The victim managed to flee into the street, where he met a neighbour and asked him to call the emergency and get to cover.
Abballa finally caught up with the police officer, stabbing him again several times before barricading himself in the house of his victim. Inside the house was the wife of the victim, Jessica Schneider, a 36-year-old administration worker at the Mantes-la-Jolie police station, and their 3-year-old son. Elite police squads rushed to the scene, sealed off the neighbourhood, cut electricity and negotiated with the attacker who told them he was a soldier for IS and had sworn allegiance to the group. Shortly afterwards loud detonations were heard as police stormed the house and killed the assailant. They found the woman dead and rescued the couple’s son alive.
The attacker was reported to have lived alone in Mantes-la-Jolie, where Jessica Schneider worked in the local police station and where Commander Salvaing had previously worked before being posted to nearby Mureaux. Abballa had been sentenced to three years in prison, six months suspended, in 2013 for “criminal association in view to preparing terrorist attacks” over his role in a recruitment network of jihadists linked to Pakistan and Afghanistan. French media reported Abballa had recently been under close police surveillance as he had featured in the entourage of another man who had left for Syria.
- ↑ http://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/killer-shouted-allahu-akbar-as-he-stabbed-to-death-policeman-and-his-wife-in-front-of-their-son-3-in-paris-suburb-34799128.html quote=Witnesses heard the assailant, described as a teenager or in his early 20s, shout “Allahu Akhbar”}}
- ↑ http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2016/06/13/97001-20160613FILWWW00390-yvelines-un-commandant-de-police-tue-a-l-arme-blanche-devant-son-domicile.php quote=Des témoins ont par ailleurs rapporté aux enquêteurs que l'agresseur aurait crié "Allah akbar" en attaquant le policier.
- ↑ http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36524094%7Caccessdate=15 June 2016|work=BBC
- ↑ "Qui étaient Jean-Baptiste Salvaing et Jessica Schneider, victimes de l'attaque à Magnanville revendiquée par Daech"
- ↑ "French police chief and partner killed in stabbing claimed by Isis"
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