Through its same wire service that has claimed credit for Orlando, Brussels and other attacks, ISIS took responsibility for the double murder of a police commander and his wife.
The 42-year-old cop was in front of his suburban home in Magnanville, about 30 outside of Paris, this evening when he was attacked by a knife-wielding assailant.
The attacker then took the victim’s wife and 3-year-old son hostage inside their house.
Police surrounded the property, evacuating nearby residents, and attempted to negotiate for a few hours before storming the home and fatally shooting the attacker. The wife was found dead inside the house; the toddler was rescued.
Le Parisien newspaper reported that a neighbor heard the attacker yelling “Allahu Akbar.”
The paper said the police commander had been stabbed nine times in the abdomen and the assailant announced the wife’s murder on social media after he killed her.
The ISIS-linked Amaq Agency later issued a breaking news alert stating an “Islamic State fighter kills deputy chief of the police station in the city of Les Mureaux and his wife with blade weapons near Paris.”
The last tweets from French President Francois Hollande at the time of the murders were condolences for the attack in Orlando.
“I condemn with horror the massacre which killed at least 50 people in Florida. I expressed the full support of France to the American people,” Hollande said. “The Orlando homophobic killing hit America and freedom: freedom to live one’s sexual orientation and choose one’s way of life.”