Paris Terrorist Video: Kill Journalists, Politicians, Rappers
The attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS in the video, which was first broadcast live on Facebook
The Islamic State’s Amaq media agency published a video on its website Tuesday that the terror group says was taken by the man behind a deadly stabbing attack in a Paris suburb. It is the same video that the killer, Larossi Abballa, broadcast live on Facebook Monday as he carried out the attack, according to Amaq.
“I exhort you to give priority to policeman, prison guards and journalists,” Abballa says in the video, before calling out a list—by name—of several French journalists to target. “I won’t name them all but kill them, kill them, kill them. Then go kill the mayors and deputies of your cities. It’s very easy. Just wait for them outside of their offices. Don’t give them a break.”
Speaking in mostly French, Abballa names other targets for the Islamic State including rappers and soccer players. “We are saving other surprises for you, and for the Euro… The Euro will be a cemetery,” he says, referring to the Euro 2016 soccer tournament, going on now.
“We will be ruthless to Hollande. I did not forget your words,” he says, an apparent reference to French president Francois Hollande saying that France would be ruthless against terrorists. “I’ve myself been ruthless with this policeman and his wife,” Abballa says, a grim indication that the video may have been filmed soon after the fatal stabbing.
The full video runs 11 minutes and 45 seconds. We’ve deleted portions of the audio to protect journalists and other targets named by the terrorist.
On Monday, Abballa stabbed to death a 42-year-old police chief outside the commander’s home in Magnanville, France on Monday night. He then killed the officer’s partner, who also worked for the police, after taking the woman and the couple’s three-year-old son hostage, according to reports. A French source told CNN that Abballa said during the live broadcast that he wasn’t sure what to do with the child. After trying to negotiate with Abballa, police killed the attacker and rescued the child, reports said.
French President Francois Hollande said the incident was “unquestionably a terrorist act.”
This is a developing story; please check back for updates.