Jihadist Murders Two In Paris Suburb
Less than 48 hours after the horrifying Islamic terrorist attack in Orlando, a jihadist named Larossi Abballa carried out a much smaller – if no less coldblooded – attack in a French village 35 miles outside of Paris.
Abballa, 25, murdered police commissioner Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his wife Jessica at their Magnanville home on Monday night. He then holed up inside the house, where he livestreamed video of his slaughter to Facebook and deliberated over what to do to the couple’s three-year-old son.
During this siege, Abballa reportedly told likeminded viewers to follow his example and attack “police officers, prison guards, journalists, and rappers.”
Around midnight, police stormed the home, killed Abballa, and rescued the boy.
While the FBI has been on the receiving end of some well-deserved criticism here at home – Orlando killer Omar Mateen had been under investigation for terrorist threats for nearly a year – the criticism being thrown at French law enforcement agencies could be even sharper.
It turns out that Abballa wasn’t just known to French authorities, he had already been convicted for aiding and abetting a group of Islamic extremists in 2013. Despite this conviction, he was released immediately following his trial for time served. According to French officials, he was placed under surveillance for the next two years.
An ISIS-affiliated news agency claimed Abballa as one of their own. “Islamic State fighter kills deputy chief of the police station in the city of Les Mureaux and his wife with blade weapons,” boasted Amaq in Arabic. The news agency made a similar claim about Mateen, though intelligence officials continue to deny that the Orlando shooter had any direct connection with the Islamic State.
The proximity in timing of the two attacks may not be a coincidence. Muslims are currently celebrating the holy month of Ramadan, and Islamic State leaders have urged radicals to use this period of worship to wage jihad in the West.
“The smallest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the largest action by us,” said ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in a message released on May 21.
In the midst of his bloody assault, Omar Mateen called 911 and pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State, echoing a similar declaration made by the San Bernardino terrorists last year.
In both France and the U.S., the leftists who control the news media are doing everything possible to make these tragic events about something – anything – other than Islam.
Slowly but surely, though, Westerners are beginning to wake up to reality.