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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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Killing of policeman and partner a 'terrorist attack'

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve Credit: APTN

The killing of a policeman and his partner near Paris on Monday night was a "terrorist attack", a French government spokesman has said.

A man pledging allegiance to so-called Islamic State stabbed the police commander multiple times outside his home in Magnanville, before forcing his way inside and taking the woman and child hostage.

Islamic State's Amaq news agency said one of the group's fighters was responsible for the killing.

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