21 Apr '17, 12am

Champs-Élysées attacker an Islamic State 'fighter,' group claims -

The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency quickly claimed responsibility for a shooting in the Champs-Élysées shopping area of Paris, France earlier today. At least one policeman was killed and another injured during the attack. Amaq’s claim, which identified the assailant by his purported nom de guerre, was released online in Arabic and English within hours of the assault. Citing a supposed “source,” Amaq reported: “Attacker who carried out assault in the area of Champs-Elysées in central Paris is Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki, an Islamic State fighter.” Al-Baljiki means “the Belgian.” Jihadists have multiple reasons for adopting their chosen aliases, but this type of identifier usually indicates that the terrorist is either from Belgium or lived there at some point. French press reports have identified the perpetrator as Karim Cheurfi, who was well-known to law enforcement officials. ...

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