Thousands of French Muslims paid tribute to the two police officers killed.
Published on BFMTV June 19, 2016
Thousands of French Muslims have joined a rally to pay tribute to two police officers killed by an extremist, who live-streamed the attack last week. The march was staged in the town of Mantes-La-Jolie, where the officers had worked.
The demonstrators approached the local police station on Sunday and applauded in honor of the victims of the attack.
According to police estimates, more than 2,500 people took part in the rally, French BFMTV reported. The organizers, however, said the demo attracted between 4,000 and 5,000 people.
Police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, and his partner Jessica Schneider, 36, who also worked in the police force, were killed at their home in Magnanville, 50km from Paris, on June 13. The attacker was identified as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa. He was previously convicted on terrorism-related charges. The couple’s three-year-old son was taken hostage but was rescued by RAID elite police forces.
Both victims of the attack were previously stationed in Mantes-la-Jolie, not far from Magnanville, where the suspect lived.
“We are facing a crime, committed by a criminal who is neither religious nor intellectual, that is based on pure stupidity,” said Abdelaziz El Jaouhari, president of the local mosque.
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