The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a Paris police officer just days before France’s presidential election had a note with him defending the Islamic State group, France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said Friday.
Police investigating Thursday’s attack found a note praising IS that apparently fell from the pocket of French assailant Karim Cheurfi, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said. Cheurfi also had addresses of police stations written on bits of paper in his car, he said.
The extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack in an unusually quick statement. Cheurfi, 39, was shot and killed by officers at the scene.
Molins said Cheurfi had a criminal record that included threatening police and that he was arrested in February. But the prosecutor said there was “a lack of known elements of radicalization” in the suspect’s past and he was released for lack of evidence of a threat.
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