Paris shooting ‘terror attack’ victim was member of French police LGBT group
The officer killed in a French ‘terror attack’ last night was a member of the force’s LGBT group.
Authorities haven’t yet named the victim, but the lesbian, gay, bi and trans association (LGBT) group for French police has posted its condolences.
‘Flag – Policiers et Gendarmes LGBT’ wrote on its Facebook page: “Shocked and moved by the tragedy that just touched the national police and the association flag!
“The policeman killed tonight was a member of our association.
“Flag! Sends its sincere condolences to his family, his friends, his colleagues and to our members close.”
Flag! represents LGBT officers in the Interior Ministry, including police officers.
The gunman who killed the officer was subsequently shot dead by security forces on the Champs Elysees.
Local media say the gunman was a 39-year-old who lived in the city’s suburbs, and had been seen as a potential Islamist radical.
The attacker has been formally identified by authorities based on papers found in his car.
Two more police officers were left wounded by the gunman’s attack, but aren’t thought to be in life-threatening situations.
French police report that another man suspected of possible links to the attack has turned himself in to Belgian police.
They have also taken three family members of the gunman into custody, according to Reuters.
The attack comes just days before France is due to vote in the first round of its presidential elections on Sunday, with Marine Le Pen leading the race.
Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said security forces, including elite units, were fully mobilised ahead of Sunday’s presidential poll.
“Nothing must be allowed to impede the fundamental democratic process of our country,” he said after an emergency security cabinet meeting.
The so-called Islamic State has named the attacker as Abu-Yusuf al-Baljiki, in a statement carried by its Amaq news outlet.