Conservative Review, by Jordan Schachtel, April 20, 2017:
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a deadly terrorist attack in Paris Wednesday that resulted in the deaths of two police officers.
The attack occurred on a street known as the “Champs-Elysees,” the same avenue that contains the famous Arc de Triomphe. Authorities say one police officer was killed in the attack, and another was wounded.
ISIS took credit for the attack through its Amaq news service. They claim it was carried out by a man they called Abu Yussuf al Beljiki (in English: the Belgian).
French police say the terrorist was already the subject of a “Fiche S,” which means that he was under surveillance and being watched by French intelligence authorities. CNN reports that “The shooting has not officially been declared a terrorist act but anti-terrorist forces are leading the investigation, French President Francois Hollande said.”
At about 9 p.m. local time, the suspect “got out of the vehicle and shot at the police vehicle with an automatic weapon, killing one policeman instantly,” said French Interior Ministry Spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet. He then “ran away, managing to shoot and wound two other policeman. Other policeman engaged and shot and killed the attacker,” Brander added.
The attack occurred just three days before the French presidential election on Sunday. Several candidates — Marine Le Pen, Francois Fillon, Jean-Luc Melenchon, Emmanuel Macron, Benoit Hamon, and others — are vying for the nation’s highest position and tweeted their condolences to the victims of the jihadi assault.
France continues to be on the receiving end of a recent wave of Islamic terror.
On March 18 of this year, an Islamic terrorist was neutralized after he tried to take a weapon from a soldier’s automatic rifle.
On February 3, an Egyptian man yelling “Allahu akbar” attempted to break into the Louvre museum wielding a machete.
The past few years has seen some of the deadliest attacks in the nation’s long history.
July 14, 2016: an Islamic terrorist purposely drove his 19-ton cargo truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille day, killing 86 people and injuring 434.
Nov. 13-14, 2015: Jihadis connected to the Islamic State stormed the Bataclan theater and several other locations, resulting in the deaths of 137 and hundreds more injuries, marking the single deadliest terrorist attack in the history of France.
Jan. 7-9, 2015: al-Qaeda linked militants massacred the staff at Charlie Hebdo to get back at them for drawing cartoons of Islam’s Muhammad. A third Islamic radical shot up a nearby Jewish supermarket.
Jordan Schachtel is the national security correspondent for CR. Follow him on Twitter @JordanSchachtel.
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