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Attack at the Prefecture of Police: what is known about the profile of the killer

2019-10-06T06:04:17.188Z

At a press conference on Saturday, the prosecutor revealed details of the profile of the killer, who would have adhered to a radical vision of Islam.



At a press conference on Saturday, the prosecutor revealed details of the profile of the killer, who would have adhered to a radical vision of Islam.

How was he able to slip through the cracks? The question comes back, legitimately, while the prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, unveiled, at a press conference on Saturday, the first elements of the investigation into the Thursday killings at the Paris Police Prefecture, which made four dead and several wounded). He particularly emphasized the profile of the killer and the elements that attest to his radicalization Islamist for several years.

The attacker thus premeditated his gesture, using a mode of operation advocated by terrorist groups. On the morning of the attack, he exchanged 33 SMS with his wife, exclusively religious, and this in the space of half an hour. The custody of this 38-year-old woman has been extended.

Attendance of salafists

It is also proven that the assailant prayed at the Gonesse mosque in traditional dress and that he frequented Salafists. For 16 years, however, he worked at the Intelligence Directorate of the Paris Police Prefecture (DRPP). This 45-year-old administrative agent, known and appreciated by his colleagues, never aroused the slightest suspicion.

Most of the other agents were not aware that he had made inappropriate remarks once about the Charlie Hebdo attacks. In the process, his superiors had called him to order but without going further. It was also at this time that he decided not to kiss the women anymore but to shake their hand instead. A year later, he married a Muslim woman.

Signals that sound like obvious

The interrogations multiply so, on the detection faults internally. How could his shift to radical Islam have escaped his colleagues, who were nevertheless experienced in this area? Because, after the fact, the elements on his personality and behavior sound as obvious. Before the act, however, the signals were not so obvious. The attacker, in charge of maintaining the computers of the Paris intelligence officials, had access to highly sensitive information, particularly those related to radical Islam.

the Central Directorate of the judicial police as well as the DGSI, were officially seized of the investigation by the national prosecutor antiterrorist Friday.

Source: europe1

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