The man who opened fire on a police car on the Champs-Elysees has been identified as Karim C.
The ISIS terrorist behind tonight’s shooting in Paris was previously jailed for 20 years for an attack on police, it has emerged.
Identified as Karim C. and using the ‘nom de guerre’ (war name) ‘Abu Yousuf the Belgian’, the 39-year-old had also made dark threats to kill more police using Telegram, the instant messaging service.
The France-born killer lived in Chelles, a commuter town close to Paris in the Seine-et-Marne department.
Sixteen years ago, in 2001, he opened fire on two police officers after being caught in a stolen car, ‘grievously hurting two of them’, according to police sources.
He also attacked a third man.
Karim C. was sentenced to two decades inside a high security prison in 2003 following the attacks in Roissy-en-Brie, also in Seine-et-Marne.
But he was let out early following an appeal ruling, giving him the freedom to carry out tonight’s attack.
Karim C. was the registered keeper of the grey Audi used in tonight’s attack.
A raid on his home later found guns and ammunition, said intelligence sources.
Karim C. had targeted a parked patrol car full of traffic control officers working to the Paris prefecture.
The officer killed was at the wheel and was having an evening snack at the time of his death.
A statement released through the Amaq News Agency, the news outlet associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, said Isis was responsible for tonight’s attack in Paris.
The terror organisation named the attacker as Abu Yousuf ‘the Belgian’.