An attacker has killed a French police commander and his wife at their home in a Paris suburb before being shot dead by police officers.
The attack on Monday evening was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group, which said the assailant was one of its fighters.
A French interior ministry spokesman said the attacker stabbed the officer outside the home and subsequently barricaded himself inside the building, taking the couple’s three-year-old son hostage.
Attempts to negotiate an end to the standoff failed and police forces raided the house in the Magnanville area, killing the suspect.
The body of the officer’s wife was found inside the house and the boy was rescued.
“Negotiations were unsuccessful, a decision was made to launch an assault,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said, according to the Reuters news agency.
Officials have not revealed the identity of the victims.
If confirmed, the attack is the first since ISIL (also known as ISIS) launched multiple bomb and gun attacks across Paris in November last year, killing 130 people.
The French government put into place a state of emergency after those attacks, and ISIL has vowed to continue its campaign in the country.
France like many European countries is dealing with the threat of attacks by fighters from within its own borders returning home after fighting with ISIL and other armed groups in Syria and Iraq.
In March, ISIL fighters killed 32 people in a series of bombings in the Belgian capital Brussels. The men behind the attack were linked to the Paris cell.
The ongoing UEFA European Championship is being held in France and security forces have stepped up security across the country to combat the threat posed ISIL and other armed groups.[Source: Al-Jazeera]