Muslim officer one of two policemen killed in Paris shooting

One of the gunmen runs towards a police officer, believed to be Ahmed Merabet, before shooting him at a close range. (Photo courtesy: YouTube)

One of the two police officers killed on Wednesday in a Paris shooting targeting a French satirical magazine was a Muslim, U.S.-based news website the Daily Caller reported.

The policeman has been identified as Ahmed Merabet, a 42-year-old patrolman assigned to the 11th arrondissement who is survived by his wife, Newsweek reported.

In one of the videos shot by bystanders during the shooting, the Daily Mail reports that the man seen wounded is believed to be Merabet.

He is seen lying on the pavement, before one of the gunmen shoots him at  close range.

The hooded assailants then run to a small black car parked in the middle of the street and speed off.

Merabet's picture circulated on social media as several users posted a photo of the policeman on Twitter and content-sharing site Reddit.

Since Wednesday, several mosques in France have come under attack, Agence-France Presse reported.

The youngest of the three gunmen turned himself in Wednesday night and French police launched a nation-wide manhunt for the two who remain at large.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44