May 13, 2018 10:47 am

Friend, parents of Paris knife attacker detained for questioning by French authorities

WATCH: Warning: This video contains disturbing content. Discretion is advised. Bullet holes could be seen in the window of one building and blood stained the street in Paris on Sunday morning in the aftermath of a knife attack that left two dead.


French judicial official says friend of dead Paris knife attacker has been detained for questioning in Strasbourg.

The man behind a deadly stabbing in central Paris, who was originally from Chechnya, had been on police radar for radicalism, another official said. The attacker’s parents are also under questioning. Counterterrorism investigators are leading the probe into Saturday’s attack near the Paris opera house, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

The judicial official told The Associated Press that while the alleged assailant had no record of arrests or convictions, he had been on a nationwide database of thousands of people suspected of links to radicalism. The official wasn’t authorized to be publicly named speaking about an ongoing investigation.

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READ MORE: Paris knife attacker born in Chechnya, known to French police for radicalism

The assailant was killed by police after fatally stabbing one man and injuring four other people.

Authorities say the attacker was born in the majority Muslim Russian republic of Chechnya, which has long grappled with extremism. The Russian Embassy in France wouldn’t comment Sunday.

© 2018 The Canadian Press

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