A man claiming allegiance to so-called Islamic State (IS) stabbed a French policeman to death before being killed when police stormed a house, in what officials say was a “terrorist act,” the BBC reports.
The attacker took the officer’s partner and their son hostage in their home in Magnanville, near Paris.
The partner was found dead but the child was rescued.
French media say the attacker had been sentenced in 2013 for involvement with jihadist groups with links to Pakistan.
Unnamed sources identified him as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, who lived in nearby Mantes-La-Jolie and was convicted for “criminal association with the aim of preparing terrorist acts”.
He was sentenced to a three-year term, with six months suspended, they said.
Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said an IS “fighter” carried out the attack.