Friend of Paris knife attacker held for questioning in Strasbourg: Source

French police stand guard next to the place where a man attacked and stabbed several people in Paris, France, on May 12, 2018.
French police stand guard next to the place where a man attacked and stabbed several people in Paris, France, on May 12, 2018. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

STRASBOURG, FRANCE (AFP) – Heavily armed police on Sunday (May 13) arrested and searched the home in Strasbourg of a friend of the knifeman who carried out a deadly attack in Paris, AFP journalists at the scene reported. 

Police left the home with a man in handcuffs, his face hidden by a hood, wearing a black T-shirt with “Grozny”, the capital of Chechnya, on the front and a drawing of a Kalashnikov rifle on the back. 

A source close to the case said the young man was the “individual closest” to the Chechen-born Azimov, who went on a stabbing spree in central Paris that left one dead and four wounded. Both were born in 1997. 

A laptop was seized in the police raid.  Azimov had lived for several years in Strasbourg, home to a sizeable Chechen community.