Muslim arrested 18 months after jihadist murders of French police couple

A picture taken on June 16, 2016 shows a banner, French flags, candles and flowers placed at a makeshift memorial outside the victims’ house, in the Paris suburb of Magnanville, after a march in tribute to French policeman Jean-Baptiste Salvaing and his partner Jessica Schneider killed outside their home in Magnanville.
On June 13 assault, 25-year-old Larossi Abballa, previously convicted for jihadism, killed a police officer and his partner before streaming his claim for the murders live on Facebook. / AFP PHOTO / Dominique FAGET

French police arrested a man on Monday in connection with the jihadist murder of a police couple 18 months ago after his DNA was matched to traces found in their home near Paris.

The 24-year-old has been linked to Larossi Aballa, the Islamic State extremist who claimed the June 2016 attack in a live video from the murder scene before being killed by police in a shootout, the sources added.

The suspect, who was not on a terrorism watchlist but was known to be radicalised, was arrested in the western Paris suburb of Les Mureaux.

His brother has already been charged with providing logistical assistance to Aballa, whose chilling attack — one in a string of assaults in France
since January 2015 — caused shock in police ranks.