ISIS: Paris Attack Highlights Threat to Law Enforcement

On April 20, ISIS claimed responsibility for a shooting against law enforcement officers in Paris, killing one and injuring two, declaring the perpetrator a “fighter of the Islamic State.” This is the second ISIS strike this year against police officers in Europe. At this time, there are no known or credible threats to New Jersey.

  • The shooter—whom French authorities identified as Karim Cheurfi—conducted the attack on Paris’s Champs-Elysees. He was known to French intelligence and had an extensive criminal past that included shooting three police officers in 2001. French police killed Cheurfi at the site of the attack and found a note defending ISIS next to his body.
  • Amaq, ISIS’s official news agency, claimed responsibility within two hours, stating, “attacker who carried out assault in the area of Champs-Elysees in central Paris is Abu Yusuf al-Baljiki, an Islamic State fighter.” 

Since 2014, ISIS has repeatedly encouraged supporters in the West to target law enforcement. ISIS-inspired and directed individuals have conducted about a dozen attacks against law enforcement in the United States and Europe since 2014.

  • In September 2014, Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, ISIS’s now-deceased second-in-command and spokesman, called on the group’s supporters to “…strike the soldiers, patrons, and troops of the [disbelievers]. Strike their police, security, and intelligence members, as well as their treacherous agents.”

  • In March, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack in London, where Khalid Masood killed one police officer and wounded three others. In June 2016, ISIS supporter Larossi Abballa stabbed and killed a French police commander and his wife in their home. 

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