Paris terror attack: who is the gunman who was ‘let go’ by French authorities?

21 Apr

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”.

Le Parisien reported that authorities know the suspect as Karim C. The prosecutor has declined to name him, although he confirmed they did know his identity.

A police document obtained by The Associated Press identifies the address searched in the town of Chelles as the family home of Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old with a police record.

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