Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Paris attacker had been on radicalism watch list

Paris attacker had been on radicalism watch list

"I think it necessary to say that the entire responsibility for Khamzat Azimov's turning to crime rests with the French authorities".

A French judicial source confirmed with ABC News that the alleged assailant was on the country's database of radicalized people. Police indicated that the attacker had been "overcome" and his motives are unknown.

Extremists behind multiple attacks in France in recent years have turned out to be on the list.

The Islamic State, which has claimed the deadly knife attack in Paris this weekend, released a video on Monday of a young man it claims was the attacker pledging allegiance to the jihadi group.

In a suspicious development, the leader of Chechnya identified the Paris assailant as Hasan Azimov before the French police and media released clues to the attacker's identity.

The attacker was killed by police after the stabbing near the Opera Garnier on a busy Saturday night.

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Through the assault, he yelled the Arabic phrase "Allahu Akbar", which means "God is nice", metropolis prosecutor François Molins instructed reporters on the scene.

Bar patrons and opera-goers described surprise, confusion and panic as the drama unfolded, with people crawling under restaurant tables, and ordered to stay inside while the police operation was underway in the 2nd arrondissement, or district, on Paris' Right Bank.

Born in Chechnya, a part of Russia, Azimov became a French citizen in 2010, ABC News reported.

Hours after the incident the terrorist group ISIS claimed the killer as one of its "soldiers", the SITE Intel group, which monitors terrorist messaging, said.

The suspect was born in Chechnya in 1997 and had no previous arrests, according to The Associated Press.

The Russian Embassy in France said that they have asked French authorities for more information on the attacker. The official wasn't authorized to speak about the investigation and insisted on not being quoted by name.

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Milan, 19, said he saw "several people in distress" including a woman with wounds to her neck and leg. "Firemen were giving her first aid".

The four people injured are out of life-threatening danger, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

The majority Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya has long grappled with extremism.

"The police intervened immediately and the individual died", he said. It was the latest in a string of Islamist terror attacks in France that have killed more than 200 people since 2015.

"It was scary", said Emma Klibbe, a 32-year old Australian who was waiting to get into a nearby restaurant.

During the clip he calls on ISIS supporters in countries throughout the West, including Germany and the United Kingdom, to carry out more attacks, Callimachi, who covers ISIS for the New York Times, tweeted.

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