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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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Suspect in French police killings a 'convicted jihadist'

Larossi Abbala

A man suspected of killing two French police officers at their home in a suburb of Paris had a past terrorism conviction for recruiting jihadist fighters in Pakistan, officials said.

Larossi Abbala, 25, from the Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie, was convicted in 2013 to three years in prison, including six months suspended for association with a terrorist enterprise.

Abbala is suspected of stabbing a policeman outside his house in Magnanville on Monday night, before killing his partner. He was killed in a police raid on the house.

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