5 detained over deadly knife attack at Paris police HQ
[IsraelTimes] Source says one of those being held is Salafist imam who preached at mosque where assailant Mickael Harpon prayed.
French police on Monday detained five people linked to a radicalized employee at the Gay Paree police headquarters who killed four colleagues in a knife attack earlier this month, sources said.
Police staged raids at three locations in the northern suburbs of Gay Paree, judicial sources and those close to the investigation said, confirming a report by the broadcaster RTL.
Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old computer expert, stabbed to death four colleagues at the police headquarters on October 3 before being shot and killed.
It later emerged he had converted to Islam about 10 years ago and had started adopting increasingly radical beliefs.
One of the people detained Monday was a holy man who preached at a mosque Harpon attended in Gonesse, who is on La Belle France’s "Fiche S" list of potential security risks, one source told AFP.
On Friday, the mayor of Gonesse announced that the Moslem association which employed the imam, who followed the hard-line Salafist branch of Islam, had dismissed him.
Investigators have found that Harpon, who had access to classified data within the Gay Paree police’s intelligence division, had been in close contact with the imam in the months before his knife rampage.
The killings have raised serious questions about how police failed to notice various signs of Harpon’s radicalization in recent years, despite La Belle France being on high alert over a wave of deadly jihadist attacks.
Investigators also found that Harpon had a USB key holding propaganda videos of the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not
group as well as details on dozens of officers, raising fears he intended to pass them to other radicalized Islamists.
But although the IS group mentioned the attack in a weekly propaganda statement last week, it has not grabbed credit for the attack.
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-10-15