Police Probe Deeper Into Paris Attack

And Chechnyan leader adds his two cents
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2018 11:17 AM CDT
Police Probe Deeper Into Paris Attack
A bullet hole seen on the window of a cafe located near the area where the assailant of a knife attack was shot dead by police officers, in central Paris, Sunday May 13, 2018.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

A judicial official says a friend of the young man who rampaged through a central Paris neighborhood knifing passers-by has been detained in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, the AP reports. The friend is the third person French police have taken in for questioning since the suspect in the Saturday night attack—a 20-year-old French citizen born in the Russian republic of Chechnya—killed one person and wounded four others. The parents of the alleged attacker were picked up in the northern 18th district of Paris after their son was fatally shot by police. The president of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, identified the assailant as Khasan Azimov.

Kadyrov says France bears responsibility for the fatal knife attack. Russian news agencies quoted the Chechen leader saying: "I consider it necessary to state that all responsibility for the fact that Khasan Azimov went on the road of crime lies completely with the authorities of France. He was only born in Chechnya, and his growing up, the formation of his personality, his views and persuasions occurred in French society." A French judicial official says the young man who stabbed people in a lively Paris neighborhood didn't have an arrest record but was on a watch list for potential radicalism.

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