Champs Elysees shooting: Isil’s quick claim of responsibility points to directed attack

21 Apr

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed the shooting at Champs Elysees within hours, suggesting the jihadist group knew the gunmen and could have directed the attack.

Isil described the attacker, named as Karim Cheurfi, as one of the group’s “fighters” Abu Yussuf al-Belgiki “the Belgian”, in a statement release by its official Amaq news agency.

Cheurfi, 39, shot three police officers near the Paris tourist site, killing one and injuring two.

It could be that the French national spent time in Belgium to earn the nickname, much like Brahim Abdeslam, who took part in the November 2015 Paris attacker. The Belgium-to-Paris terrorist route is well-established.

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