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    French PM Rules Out Special Forces' Negligence in Police Commander Murder

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    French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday that the murder of a police commander in a Paris suburb happened through no fault of the country's special forces.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — The Prime Minister stressed that the forces had wiretapped the murderer, identified as Larossi Abballa, since the beginning of the year but found no signs of his intention to commit such an attack.

    "I keep saying that our special forces did not allow the slightest negligence <…> The government and I vest our confidence in them," Valls told France Inter.

    On Monday evening, Abballa stabbed a 42-year-old police commander and took his wife and child hostage at their house in the northwestern Paris suburb of Magnanville. The police commander's wife was subsequently murdered, while police managed to rescue the child and killed the assailant.


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