Four Police Officers Stabbed to Death in Paris HQ by Fellow Officer who Converted to Islam and Heard Voices the Night Before Attack

“Attack at the Prefecture: what is known about the assailant,” translated from “Attaque à la Préfecture: ce que l’on sait de l’assaillant,” BFMTV, October 3, 2019 (thanks to BD):

Four police officers were killed on Thursday at the police headquarters in Paris. The attacker was shot. He was an administrative official in that préfecture….According to reports, the assailant had converted to Islam 18 months ago.

Martin says

DAILY MAIL – Deaf Islamic convert is named as Paris police HQ attacker: Computer scientist who fell out with supervisor ‘after he refused to deal with women’ slaughters four police colleagues, including a female officer, with a ceramic knife – as police take his muslim wife into custody

Michael Harpon, 45, stabbed and killed four colleagues with a ceramic knife

A deaf civilian police worker who had recently converted to Islam was shot dead in Paris today after murdering four colleagues with a ceramic knife following a ‘dispute over working with female colleagues’.

Harpon had recently been referred to his boss over his refusal to greet women, Actu17 reported, and he is understood to have stabbed his female supervisor.

His wife, Iham, was arrested, as an investigating source said that the nature of Harpon’s attack corresponded with similar ones carried out by terrorists affiliated to Islamic State and Al-Qaeda.

[…]Christophe Crépin, spokesman for the union France Police Policeman in Anger told The Telegraph: ‘I know this man. He worked in IT and he had long-running problems with his superior. He stabbed her first and then colleagues intervened and were stabbed as well.
Harpon, who was deaf since childhood, was originally from the Caribbean island of Martinique – a French overseas territory.

He had been married since 2014, and converted to his wife’s religion in 2018

more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7533375/Knifeman-attacks-police-officers-Paris-police-station.html

“Paris police attacker had top secret security clearance,” by Lara Marlowe, Irish Times, October 7, 2019:

Mickaël Harpon, who stabbed three police officers and a woman civil servant to death before he was killed at Paris police headquarters on October 3rd, was a radical Islamist with a top secret security clearance and access to all computers in the police prefecture’s directorate of intelligence, known as the DRPP.

The DRPP is responsible for the surveillance of suspected radical Islamists. Yet Harpon continued to work there, even as he showed signs of radicalisation. This mind-boggling fact has shaken President Emmanuel Macron’s administration. Interior minister Christophe Castaner admitted the state “dysfunctioned” but denied there was a “state scandal”.

“The Paris attack showed the poison of radical Islam has penetrated the heart of the state apparatus,” said Le Figaro’s front-page editorial, which concluded the state is in denial.

Harpon, a West Indian, aged 45, was a deaf mute computer technician. Mr Castaner initially described him as an employee with no behavioural problems. Now the right and far right are clamouring for Mr Castaner’s resignation. The minister defended himself on Monday, saying he told “the truth as it was known” in the hours after the attack.

It is not known whether Harpon divulged secrets to fellow Islamists, Mr Castaner told France Inter radio. “I cannot guarantee he did not use his access to give information. For the time being, nothing indicates that he did.”

Senator Christian Cambon, head of the parliamentary committee on intelligence which will question Mr Castaner on Tuesday, said Harpon had access to the names and home addresses of all police agents. “It is frightful to imagine what he may have done with such sensitive information,” Mr Cambon said.

Police found USB sticks with data on dozens of police officers, as well as Islamic State propaganda videos, in Harpon’s apartment, France 2 television reported on Monday night.

Harpon attended prayers at the mosque in Gonesse, the banlieue north of Paris where he lived. He had recently begun wearing Muslim robes to the mosque and frequented Salafists, Muslims who interpet [sic] the Koran literally and want to return to the time of the Prophet. His mobile phone showed contact with a radical preacher who is under police surveillance, Le Figaro reported…

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