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Two men linked to cop-killing jihadist charged

A still from Larossi Abballa 's recording on Fracebook
A still from Larossi Abballa 's recording on Fracebook Capture d'écran/Facebook/David Thomson

The French police have charged two men who had links to the jihadist, Larossi Abballa , that killed the police couple in a Paris surburb last Monday.

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Saad Rajraji, 27, and Charaf-Din Aberouz, 29 , were detained and charged on Saturday afternoon for having links to a terrorist group, but are not thought to be linked to the murder of the police couple.

The two were known to the police and had been arrested along with Abballa in September 2013 for trying to recruit people to got to Pakistan as jihadists.

Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, and his partner, Jessica Schneider, 36, were both stabbed by Abballa.

Their three-year-old son was found shocked but not physically harmed after an anti-terror squad shot the attacker dead.

As well as filming the murders and posting them on Facebook, Abballa declared that he was acting in response to a call from IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to "kill the non-believers, at home with their families".

"He knew his victim was a police officer," public prosecutor François Molins said when updating the media on the inquiry.

A list of potential targets, including police officers, journalists, prison wardens and rappers, was found at the house, along with three knives, one of them covered in blood.

"A new stage in the horror has been reached," French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told parliament last Tuesday afternoon.

He predicted a long fight against terror, adding that 2,100 French residents are known to be involved in networks connected to Syria and Iraq 1,216 people are under investigation.

 

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