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Paris gunman was French national - Belgian interior minister

In November 2015 two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and others lived in Belgium.

A French soldier patrols on the Champs Elysees in Paris after a shooting on 20 April, 2017. Picture: AFP

PARIS – The man responsible for a shootout in central Paris on Thursday was a French national, Belgian interior minister Jan Jambon told public broadcaster VRT.

Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the shooting, in which a French policeman was shot dead, via its Amaq news agency, naming the attacker as Abu Yousif al-Belgiki, “the Belgian” in Arabic.

“The investigation is continuing. What we can confirm, is that the perpetrator was a French national,” Jambon told VRT.

In November 2015, when Paris was rocked by near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites, two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and others lived in Belgium.