French police worker who killed four ‘supported 2015 terror attacks’

French police worker who slaughtered four colleagues in knife ‘had supported 2015 Bataclan terror attack that killed 130’ and had converted to Islam a decade earlier than investigators first believed

  • Michael Harpon, 45, ‘supported the attacks at Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan’
  • He knifed four colleagues with a 33cm ceramic knife on Thursday at police HQ
  • He has also been linked to a hate preacher known to French intelligence agency
  • Investigators have found texts between Harpon and his wife about the attack 

The French civilian police worker who went on a knife rampage killing four colleagues supported the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in 2015, according to new reports.

Michael Harpon, 45, was shot dead following the rampage inside the historic Paris Police Prefecture, next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, on Thursday afternoon.

Several people interviewed by police have since revealed he converted to Islam in 2008, not 18 months ago as had been suggested, according to BFMTV.

He also supported the two horrific terror attacks which rocked Paris in 2015 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and a mass shooting across the city which killed 130 in November, the reports said.

Men in balaclavas walk outside the building in Gonesse where Michael Harpon lived after the knife attack on Thursday which killed four

Military personnel block the bridge near Paris Police headquarters after the knife rampage

Harpon also had links with a hate preacher in the Val-d’Oise who is known to French intelligence agencies, investigators found after searching his phone.

They also found texts between Harpon and his wife shortly before the attack which mentioned the 33cm ceramic knife.

Iham replied, ‘Only God will judge you, Allahu akbar’, according to Le Parisien. 

Iham, who was arrested shortly after the attack, told detectives that Harpon had ‘heard voices’ and was ‘incoherent and suffered a dementia attack’ the night before.

Following a raid on the couple’s flat in the Paris suburb on Gonesse, anti-terrorist prosecutors in the French capital have opened an enquiry for ‘assassination of a public servant in relation to a terrorist enterprise, attempted assassination of a public servant in relation to a terrorist enterprise, and conspiracy in terrorism’.

Michael Harpon, 45, was shot dead following the rampage inside the historic Paris Police Prefecture, next door to Notre Dame Cathedral

Computer records and telephone intercepts have also linked Harpon to a ‘radical Islamist group’ such as ISIS of Al-Qaeda, said a source close to the case.

Iham Harpon remains in custody, and is also believed to have offered evidence against her husband.

The couple were both registered as profoundly deaf, and have two children aged nine and three.

Iham is now communicating with officers through sign language, making her interview ‘very complicated,’ said the source.

Police cordon off a road near the site of the massacre, with Notre Dame cathedral – currently closed after the fire in April – seen in the background 

The attack took place at the Paris police headquarters in the historic centre of the city, near the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral

Harpon, who originally came from the French overseas territory of Martinique, stabbed a senior officer and three guardians of the peace to death.

They have been identified as General Damien E., 50, Brice L., 38, Anthony L., also 38, and Aurelia T., 39.

Colleagues described Harpon as a previously trusted employee who had full security clearance to work in the Prefecture’s IT department.

The security crisis led to President Emmanuel Macron visiting the building in person, along with his Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, and Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

Harpon’s ceramic knife would not have activated metal detectors, and he would not have been searched, they head.

People console each other on their way out of Paris police headquarters after the force’s worst loss of life in a single day since World War II

Paris police headquarters shared a photo this morning of hundreds gathered for a moment of silence in memory of their colleagues who were killed

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