Larossi Abballa
Larossi Abballa murdered a policeman and his wife in the Paris suburb of Magnanville on 13 June Twitter

A man who killed a French policeman and his wife in Paris on Monday night (13 June) had previously been convicted for being part of a jihadist organisation with links to Pakistan. 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, was sentenced to three years in jail in 2013, with six months suspended. Prosecutors claimed the organisation he was part of aimed to "prepare terrorist acts".

On Monday, Abballa stabbed a policeman in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, with witnesses claiming he may have shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) during the attack.

After killing the policeman, the attacker also murdered the officer's wife and took their three-year-old son hostage, before police were able to break into the house and shoot the assailant.

During failed negotiations with Raid police, the man claimed he was affiliated with the Islamic State (Isis/Daesh) terror group, investigators told AFP. They added the couple's toddler was "in shock but unharmed" and was receiving medical attention.

The motive behind the attack is not clear yet. A news agency affiliated with IS claimed the double murder was carried out by an "Islamic State fighter." The group also claimed responsibility for previous attacks across Paris that left 130 people dead in November 2015.

Earlier in May, the US warned the Euro 2016 tournament which is taking place in Paris could be a target for terror attacks. IS threatened to attack France during the one-month-long event.