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Paris March Honors Two Police Officers Killed by IS Sympathizer


Police officers walk to pay homage to the two slain colleagues during a white march in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, June 16, 2016.

Police officers walk to pay homage to the two slain colleagues during a white march in Mantes-la-Jolie, west of Paris, June 16, 2016.

Several hundred people marched through a Paris suburb in silence Thursday to honor two police officers who were fatally stabbed by an assailant pledging allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.

Police, friends and neighbors walked from Mantes-la-Jolie, where Jessica Schneider had worked as a police administrator, to Magnanville, where she and her companion, police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, were killed at their home Monday night.

The attacker, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, previously convicted for jihadism, killed 42-year-old Salvaing outside his residence and then entered the house, taking his 36-year-old partner and the couple's three-year-old son hostage, before killing her with a knife.

Police raided the house and eventually killed Abballa. Officers found the little boy traumatized but unhurt.

Other targets

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Abballa had a list of other targets, including entertainers, journalists, police officers and public officials.

This is a still taken from video released June 14, 2015 by Islamic State's Amaq news agency that it says is a video showing Larossi Abballa the suspect in the knifing of a French police couple confessing to the killing.

This is a still taken from video released June 14, 2015 by Islamic State's Amaq news agency that it says is a video showing Larossi Abballa the suspect in the knifing of a French police couple confessing to the killing.

Three people with suspected links to Abballa have been detained. Two of them and Abballa were convicted in 2013 for their ties to a network recruiting jihadists for Pakistan.

Just before the raid, Abballa streamed a live video on Facebook of himself inside the house with the toddler, saying that he had "other surprises" and pledged to "turn the Euro [2016 soccer matches] into a graveyard".

The attack came as France is hosting the European football championship.

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