Did a man really kill his family in the name of ISIS ?

On August 23, a man killed his mother and sister with a knife in Trappes (near Paris, France). The murders have been claimed by ISIS.

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ARIS, Aug. 23, 2018 (Xinhua) -- A riot policeman stands on guard at the scene of an attack, in Paris suburbs.(Xinhua/Chen Yichen) (dtf)

Why this story matters:

On August 23, a 36-year-old stabbed his sister and his mother in a deadly attack, also wounding another woman.

The killer was shot by the police shortly after committing the crime. His name was Kamel Salhi, and he was known to the French government because of his terrorist sympathies and severe mental disorders.

ISIS claimed the attack through its news agency Amaq.

But for now, French authorities have not declared the attack a terrorist act. People living in the neighborhood also told France Info that they didn't believe it was a terrorist attack. 

So either ISIS is capitalizing on a private tragedy -- which has never happened before, according to experts, and which could reveal a weakening of the organization. Or else it is the first time that the terrorist group convinces a recruit to kill members of his on family on French soil.

Details from the story:

  • On August 23, a man killed his sister and his mother with a knife.
  • Another woman was severely injured in the attack.
  • This tragedy happened in Trappes, a city often considered a suburb of Paris. 
  • The killer was shot after his crime.
  • His name was Kamel Salhi.
  • According to the French government, the man had major psychological issues. 
  • He was registered in a special file for the prevention of terrorist radicalization. 
  • ISIS claimed the attack through its press news agency Amaq.. 
  • Some specialists believe ISIS's claim of the attack is opportunistic.  

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