A convicted terrorist claiming allegiance to the Islamic State has stabbed a French police commander to death in front of his house outside Paris.
The as-yet unnamed 42-year-old police commander was in plain clothes when he was stabbed to death as he arrived home at the Parisian suburb of Magnanville.
The attacker then entered the house and held hostage the commander’s partner – who also worked in the local police administration – and the couple’s three-year-old son. The accused, a man identified locally as Larossi Abballa, then proceeded to kill the partner.
French President Francois Hollande called it “incontestably a terrorist act” and said France, currently hosting the European football championships, is facing a terror threat ‘of a very large scale’.