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Killing of French police commander and partner was 'terror attack'

The French government has confirmed the killing of a couple - who were both police officers - was a terror attack.

Larossi Abbala, 25, stabbed a French police commander to death outside his home on Monday night and pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State.

The officer's partner was later found dead. The couple's three-year-old son survived the attack.

The Paris prosecutor said searches of Abballa's home uncovered a list of targets including "rappers, journalists, police officers and public personalities".

French officials said Abbala recorded a video during the attack.

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Hollande in emergency meeting after 'terror attack'

French President Francois Hollande Credit: PA

French President Francois Hollande is holding an emergency meeting with senior officials after a man pledging allegiance to so-called Islamic State stabbed a policeman to death outside his home near Paris, before killing his partner.

The killing has been described as a "terrorist attack" by the French government.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Justice Minister Jean-Jacques Urvoas gathered in the presidential office on Tuesday morning.

Mr Cazeneuve is to visit the two suburban police stations where the two officers worked following the meeting.

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