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Who is French police killing suspect Larossi Abballa?

Larossi Abballa was a convicted jihadist long known to authorities, a senior policeman said.

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The knife-wielding assailant who killed two French police officers and was then himself killed was a convicted jihadist long known to authorities, a senior police source told French media outlets on Tuesday.

Local daily Le Monde quoted a judicial source as saying that the murderer is Larossi Abballa. He is 25 years old, was born in Mantes-la-Jolie, single and a French national.

He was known in the security sector after multiple breachings of the law, including theft, receiving stolen goods, and violence.

Abballa had already been sentenced to three years of imprisonment with six suspended months in 2013 for "conspiracy to prepare acts of terrorism" in a trial of a network of recruiting jihadists to the Pakistan's tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

He was also recently appeared as part of an investigation on a man who travel to Syria. After several months of investigations, Abballa appeared in the relations circle of the man, but was not considered then, dangerous by the judicial police.

The man who knifed to death two police officials had a "hit list" of VIPs, police and rappers, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.

France-based terror expert David Thomson said through his Twitter account that the attacker filmed his victims and posted images of them to his Facebook page. He also posted a 15 minute video in which he claimed responsibility for the attack, Thomson said. On Tuesday morning the Facebook account was suspended.

AFP reported that he was part of an investigation over a French network that was involved in sending fighters out to Syria.

Abballa was also known to police for several other non-terrorist related criminal offences. Sources in the intelligence services have told Le Parisien newspaper that Abballa, who was killed in the police raid, did not appear to be a threat.

Parisian criminal lawyer Hervé Denis, who defended one of the other defendants involved in the Pakistani militant network in 2013, told l’Express newspaper that Abballa was “neither intelligent nor brilliant.”

Abballa had claimed allegiance to the ISIS group, sources close to the investigation said earlier.