Paris Shooting Was Just The Latest In Series Of Attacks Against French Police
The reported terror attack against police officers Thursday in Paris is just the latest in a series of shootings and stabbings targeting police and military personnel.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, which killed an officer and injured another. The terror group has previously urged its French supporters to attack police and soldiers as they consider them representatives of the state. (RELATED: ISIS Claims Responsibility For Paris Champs Elysees Attack)
The fatal shooting follows two failed attacks against soldiers this year. A machete-wielding man shouted “Allahu akbar” before attacking a soldier Feb. 3 at the Louvre museum in Paris. Another soldier opened fire against the attacker before the situation escalated.
A “radicalized man” was shot dead March 18 after grabbing a soldier’s weapon at the Orly airport in Paris. The suspect opened fire against three police officers earlier the same day.
Other attacks in recent years have had a deadly outcome. Larossi Abballa pledged allegiance to the ISIS after stabbing a policeman to death June 14, 2016 in the small town of Magnanville.
Tarek Belgacem tried to attack a police station in Paris with a meat cleaver and fake bomb Jan. 7, 2016.
Moussa Coulibaly used a knife to attack three soldiers outside a Jewish community center in Nice Feb. 3, 2015.
Amedy Coulibaly, no relation to Moussa Coulibaly, killed a policewoman Jan. 8, 2015 before taking hostages at a kosher supermarket south of Paris the following day. Four hostages were killed. Amedy Coulibaly was linked the terrorists who attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine’s headquarters two days earlier.
Islam convert Bertrand Nzohabonayo was shot dead in Joue-les-Tours while trying to attack police with a knife Dec. 20, 2014.
Mohamed Merah killed three soldiers, two of whom were Muslim, during two separate attacks in March, 2012 in southern France. He killed three children and a teacher at a Jewish school days later before police neutralized him.
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