Monday 19 February 2018

Policeman killed in Paris attack was on duty during Bataclan massacre

People hug at he place where a police officer was killed Thursday on the Champs Elysees boulevard (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
People hug at he place where a police officer was killed Thursday on the Champs Elysees boulevard (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
An armed soldier secures a side road near the Champs Elysees Avenue after a policeman was killed and two others were wounded in a shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The policeman killed on the Champs-Elysees was on duty during the terror attacks in Paris in November 2015.

Xavier Jugele, who would have celebrated his 38th birthday at the beginning of May, was killed when gunman Karim Cheurfi opened fire on police in the French capital on Thursday night.

Mr Jugele was identified by Flag!, a French association of LGBT police officers.

He was among the officers who responded to the gun and bomb attack on the Bataclan concert hall in November 2015, part of a wave of assaults in Paris that killed 130 people.

He spoke to People.com when the venue reopened a year later with a concert by Sting.

He was quoted as saying how happy he was to be at the "symbolic" reopening, "here to defend our civic values".

He added: "This concert's to celebrate life. To say 'No' to terrorists."

Isil claimed the shooting, days before French presidential elections, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Bajiki (the Belgian), but police said the identity had not been confirmed.

However, Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon told public broadcaster VRT that the man responsible for the attack was a French national.

President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the attack was terror-related.

Attack

The gunman jumped out of a car around 9pm local time and opened fire on a police car parked on the Champs-Élysées, hitting at least two officers. The man's gun, thought to have been a Kalashnikov, was described by authorities as a "war weapon".

The man was then shot dead as he fled and police later carried out searches at an address east of Paris, Pierre-Henry Brandet, the interior ministry spokesman, confirmed.

The gunman had recently been detained for questioning in a police station in Meaux, outside Paris, after "informants" had indicated that he was "seeking to obtain weapons to kill policemen", according to reports.

But due to a lack of evidence, anti-terror prosecutors "let him go".

Sources told PA that the gunman was detained in February for threatening police and then freed.

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