Paris police station attacker may have come to Europe as asylum seeker

The Tunisian national was last registered as living in a shelter for migrants in Germany.

January 10, 2016 05:12
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Man shot by Paris police shouted Allahu Akbar, may have worn suicide belt

Man shot by Paris police shouted Allahu Akbar, may have worn suicide belt


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Investigators released the identity of the man who tried to attack a police station in Paris on Thursday as a Tunisian national named Tarek Begacem, after members of his family were able to identify him.

Begacem was last registered as living in a shelter for migrants in the western German city of Recklinghausen, police said according to the report by French news agency AFP late on Saturday.

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Police did not comment on whether or not Begacem was an asylum seeker, but a close source said he was indeed registered as such.

Following a search of the German asylum center, police determined that no further attack were being planned.

On Thursday, police shot Begacem dead as he wielded a meat cleaver and tried to enter a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great). After he was shot, it also came to light that he was wearing a fake suicide belt.

At the time of the attempted attack, the man carried on him a sheet of paper showing the Islamic State flag and claims of responsibility written in Arabic, a Paris prosecutor said in a statement.

"A mobile phone and a piece of paper, on which appear the Daesh flag and a clear written claim in Arabic, were found on the individual," Francois Molins said, referring to the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

The incident took place just minutes after President Francois Hollande had given a speech to security forces in an another part of Paris to mark the first anniversary of last year's deadly Islamist militant attacks on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in the French capital.

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