paris - Once again, a known member of the security services made an attack in France. Khamzat Azimov made one fatal victim on Saturday night in Paris and injured four others. The 20-year-old Frenchman of Chechen origin was disabled by a police officer.
With a knife in the right hand, the blade only 10 centimeters long, Khamzat Azimov enters Rue Monsigny around ten to nine. It is busy in the streets around Opéra Garnier, where many theaters are located. Five minutes later, when he has killed a 29-year-old Parisian and injured four others, he walks on two runners with the words 'then shoot, shoot, I'll cross you!'. One tries to turn him in vain with a taser, the other loses two shots and kills him.
The very young perpetrator was born in Chechnya in 1997 and came to France in 2000 with his parents. In 2004 the family received refugee status, in 2010 Azimov became national. Six years later he appeared on the radar of the intelligence services, because he wanted to go to Syria with a few others. He ended up on the so-called FSPRT list for religious radicals. Azimov seemed to be a 'next type' and has since been 'lightly' watched. A year ago he was heard by the security services because he knew someone who was in contact with a person in Syria. The FSPRT database was set up in 2015 after the attack on Charlie Hebdo. In February of this year, nearly 20,000 people stood up, of whom several thousand are permanently monitored. The remainder is monitored randomly.
Yesterday morning the apartment of the perpetrator's parents was searched in Paris. They were both arrested for questioning, just like a friend of the jihadist. Yesterday evening, Islamic State released a video in which the alleged perpetrator swears allegiance to Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the leader of the caliphate. If it concerns the terrorist- his face is partially covered- then it appears that he had at least digital contact with the group.
Because the perpetrator is known from the security services, the discussion immediately flared up again on what France should do with registered radicals. With the exception of a few perpetrators, all jihadists who had been on strike since Charlie Hebdo were registered with the services. The leader of Les Républicains, Laurent Wauqiez, repeated the proposal he made after the kidnapping near Carcassonne in March: detaining the most dangerous radicals, expelling those without French nationality and criminalizing 'hate speech to France'. There are many legal hooks and eyes on this proposal, and these measures could not have prevented the attack on last Saturday.
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