Khamzat Azimov, 20, at the time of his attack on Rue Monsigny, in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris, near the opera house.
He was born into a large Muslim community in Chechnya, Russia in 1997. He obtained his naturalization in 2010 thanks to his mother whom was naturalized the same year. His family, originally from the Caucasus, arrived in France in the early 2000s and lived in Nice before moving to the city of Elsau in Strasbourg.
Although he did not have a criminal record, he is flagged as « File S» after having attracted the attention of the Intelligence Service. Because of his relations and his ideologies, his name appears in particular in the records of the FSPRT, File of the Signalisation for the Prevention of Islamic Radicalization. According to a source close to the investigation, he was questioned about a year ago by the Anti-Terrorist Section of the Criminal Brigade.
His parents, who separated during his childhood and reconciled later, were detained by the police on Sunday morning for interrogation reasons. Their home located Rue Pajol, in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, was raided the night from Saturday to Sunday.
Two other individuals connected to Khamzat were arrested on Sunday. One of them is a friend.
The knife attack made five victims. A twenty-nine-year-old man from Luxembourg died at the scene of the incident.
A couple, a man and a woman, suffered serious neck injuries but their lives are not in danger.
Two other victims with « minor » injuries
The Islamic State claimed this attack through the Amaq press agency citing Khamzat Azimov as one of his « soldiers»
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