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No indication Paris gunman was Belgian - Belgium prosecutor
April 21, 2017 / 7:23 AM / in 8 months

No indication Paris gunman was Belgian - Belgium prosecutor

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The identity of a man responsible for a shooting in central Paris remains unclear and there is no indication he was Belgian, Belgium’s federal prosecutors said on Friday.

Police secure the Champs Elysees Avenue after one policeman was killed and another wounded in a shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for Thursday’s shooting, in which a French policeman was shot dead, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki.

“Al-Belgiki means the Belgian but it is a very vague identity,” a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecutor said, adding he had no indication the gunman was from Belgium.

In November, 2015, when Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites, two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek, editing by Robin Emmott

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