Friend of Paris knife attacker on police risk list
The assailant, named as Khamzat A, fatally knifed one man and wounded four others in a rampage in the busy Opera district
Paris — Police on Sunday investigated the background of a Chechnyan-born Frenchman who killed a man in a knife attack in Paris, questioning the parents and a friend of the 21-year old, who had been flagged previously as a potential security risk. Late on Saturday, the assailant shouted "Allahu akbar" [God is great] as he began his stabbing rampage. He fatally knifed a 29-year-old man and wounded four others, among them a Chinese and a Luxembourg citizen, before police shot him dead. A judicial source named the attacker as Khamzat A, without giving his full name, which BFM TV and other French media said was Azimov. The attack took place in the bustling Opera district, known for its many restaurants, cafes and the Palais Garnier opera. It was the latest in a succession of attacks in France since January 2015 in which more than 240 people have died. The attacker had since 2016 been on a counterterrorism watchlist of suspected radicals who may be a threat to national security, governmen...