How French police failed to prevent the latest ISIS jihadi from killing one police officer and injuring two other officers, when he was already on a terror watch list, is the question everyone’s asking today.
Now identified as Karim Cheurfi, the 39-year-old French national, who used the war name “Abu Yousuf the Belgian,” had been detained last month after informants said he was “seeking to obtain weapons to kill policemen,” according to a report in the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
However, he was released because anti-terror police did not have enough evidence to hold him.
Prior to that, it’s been reported that Cheurfi was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding two police officers in 2001. In 2003, he entered a high-security prison but was released early after an appeal ruling.
According to French officials on Friday, “Cheurfi was detained in February for threatening police before being freed, although a warrant for his arrest is dated March 6.”
Cheurfi had reportedly been undergoing psychiatric and terroristic investigations over the past few months for making death threats against law enforcement officials.
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