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ISIS Loyalists Celebrate Killings In Paris Suburb

The Islamic State's online forums erupted in shouts of joy after ISIS said one of its fighters killed a French policeman and his partner

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Still image taken from video shows police at the scene of the attack. — REUTERS
Jun 14, 2016 at 3:57 AM ET

ISIS forums erupted in celebration after the Islamic State claimed one of its fighters was behind the Monday night killing of a police chief and his partner in a Paris suburb.

Dozens of the terror group’s supporters posted comments praising God, declaring “Allahu Akbar”—God is great—and celebrating the attack as a sort of victory during the ongoing Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Vocativ discovered. One described it as “the month of heroism.”

“The same as you bomb and kill Muslims in their homes, you will have destruction and death in your homes as well,” one loyalist posted on a main ISIS forum in an apparent reference to Western military intervention against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

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The attacker has been identified as Larossi Abballa, 25, according to the Associated Press. He stabbed a 42-year-old police commander to death outside the officer’s home in Magnanville, a suburb of Paris, on Monday evening. Abballa then went inside and took the policeman’s female partner, as well as their three-year-old son, hostage, according to multiple reports.

Police rushed to the scene and tried to negotiate with Abballa, who was ultimately killed. “Negotiations were unsuccessful, a decision was made to launch an assault,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told Reuters. Police stormed the home and found the woman, who was also a police official, dead. The young boy was in shock, but was rescued, a prosecutor has said.

Overnight, an Islamic State media agency said in a message distributed on ISIS forums and social networking sites that one of its fighters was behind the violence. “A source of Amaq News Agency: an Islamic state fighter killed the deputy of the police center in the city Les Mureaux and his wife, stabbing them with a knife, near Paris,” the agency said. If confirmed that ISIS was in fact responsible for the killings, the incident would mark the first time ISIS has been linked to an attack in France since a string of deadly violence tore through Paris in November.

Abballa had already been convicted of terrorism. In 2013, he was sentenced to three years in jail for “criminal association in view to preparing terrorist attacks,” for being involved in a jihadist recruitment network, The Guardian reported.

The assault, which French President Francois Hollande said was “incontestably a terrorist act,” unfolded just one day after the Islamic State said one of its fighters carried out the worst mass shooting in American history: an attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people. President Obama said on Monday it appeared the shooter, Omar Mateen, was “inspired by various extremist information that was disseminated over the Internet.”