Two People Close to French Police Attacker Held for Questioning

PARIS (Reuters) -
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrives for a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 14, 2016, the day after a French police chief was fatally stabbed in front of his home in a Paris suburb late on Monday and a woman was found dead inside, killings the Islamic State's Amaq news agency said were carried out by the militant group. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls arrives Tuesday for a crisis meeting at the Elysee Palace in France the day after a French police chief was fatally stabbed in front of his home in a Paris suburb. (Reuters/Philippe Wojazer)

Tuesday

French police are holding two people for questioning believed to be close to the suspected Islamist terrorist who stabbed a police commander to death outside his home and later killed his wife in an attack claimed by Islamic State, a police source said.

The attacker, whom police and justice sources have named as 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, had been placed under surveillance, and recently his phone was tapped but without any results, the police source added on Tuesday.