Paris gunman was French national, says Belgian interior minister

ByREUTERS
April 21, 2017 11:16




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BRUSSELS - The man responsible for a shootout in central Paris on Thursday was a French national, Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon told public broadcaster VRT.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the shooting, in which a French policeman was shot dead, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki -- "the Belgian" in Arabic.

"The investigation is continuing. What we can confirm, is that the perpetrator was a French national," Jambon told VRT.

In November 2015, when Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites, two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and others lived in Belgium.

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