French anti-terror prosecutor takes on Paris police HQ knife-attack probe

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The investigation into a knife attack in which an IT staffer stabbed four colleagues to death inside the Paris police headquarters has been handed over to the anti-terrorist prosecutor's office, French officials announced Friday.


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The probe into Thursdays attack inside the Paris police headquarters was initially handled by the Paris prosecutors office, with theParis police chief stressing that investigators were not ruling out any hypotheses into what motivated the attacker.

But hours later, French officials said the anti-terror prosecutor was taking over the investigation following the interrogation of several of the attacker's close associates, including his wife, and an examination of his mobile phone.

"Investigators seized his telephone and computer equipment, and its probably the information gleaned from that which enabled the prosecutor's office to reclassify the facts," said FRANCE 24s Karim Hakiki, who has been covering the story since Thursday.

"The central question of the investigators is now that of motivation. We know that he had problems with his superiors [at Paris police headquarters], but the problem is that he worked in the intelligence service and the fight against terrorism," added Hakiki.

The 45-year-old attacker worked as an IT assistant in the police intelligence unit and was a staffer for several years.

The assailant, who has not been named, converted to Islam around 18 months ago, French media reported.

A day after the attack, investigators had started tracing the assailants movements before he was gunned down Thursday afternoon. "The police will now work on his schedule to understand who he met, who were his contacts, if he travelled, and how did he convert [to Islam],” explained Hakiki.

Three men and a woman – three police officers and an administrative worker – were killed in a frenzied 30-minute attack with a kitchen knife inside the sprawling police premises on the historic Île de la Cité island in the River Seine, close to the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.

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