France: Paris knifeman school friend 'very surprised' by attack

Journalist (French): *TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW* Ilies, School friend of Paris knife attacker Khamzat Azimov (French): *TRANSLATION TO FOLLOW* A man, named Ilies, claiming to be an old school friend of Paris knife attacker Khamzat Azimov said he was «very surprised» that Azimov was behind the stabbing spree, when speaking in Strasbourg on Sunday. Ilies also talked about their common friend... Еще Hakim A., who was arrested in Strasbourg on Sunday. According to Ilies, Hakim had an initial desire to go to Syria but quickly gave up, while Azimov had never expressed such desire. French authorities have opened a terrorism investigation into the stabbing attack, which was claimed by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIL/ISIS). On Saturday evening, the knife-wielding attacker, identified as 21-year-old French national Khamzat Azimov, born in Chechnya in 1997, killed one person and injured four more. The assailant was killed after being shot by police. Parents of the attacker have also been taken in for questioning. Footage released by Dernieres Nouvelles d'Alsace (DNA).

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