Witnesses are reporting gunfire and explosions in the Paris suburb commune of Magnanville. French special police have surrounded a house where a man is holding hostages. The attacker stabbed the home owner, a police officer who was reportedly his neighbor. RAID special forces raided the premises and shot the stabber dead, Francetv info has reported, citing a French Interior Ministry spokesman. The officers reportedly discovered the body of a woman in the house and rescued a 3-year old boy.
The attack began around 9 pm local time with the fatal stabbing of a plainclothes policeman, identified by French media as Jean-Baptiste Salvaing, 42, near his Magnanville home, AFP reported.
The assailant, reportedly a neighbor, stabbed the police officer nine times in front of the house before taking his wife and son hostage, Le Parisian reported. The outlet said the victim was a deputy chief of the judicial police at the Les Mureaux police station.
Neighbors calling police claimed they heard the man chanting Islamist slogans, Reuters France reported.
Elite Raid police units arrived on the scene at about 9:30 pm and cordoned off the area. An attempt to enter into negotiations with the attacker failed. The motive has yet to be determined.