Man Killed by French Police During an Antiterrorism Raid

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PARIS -- French police officers fatally shot a man during an antiterrorism raid in the northeastern city of Strasbourg on Saturday, one of a series of raids across France stemming from the investigation into a grenade attack last month on a Jewish market near Paris, the police and judiciary officials said.

Police officers killed the man, identified as Jérémie Louis-Sidney, 33, after he fired at them with a .357 Magnum pistol when they entered an apartment in Strasbourg on Saturday morning, officials said. One police officer was wounded and another was shot in the chest, though the bullet was stopped by the officer's body armor.

Other raids took place around Paris, Nice and Cannes, and by evening 11 other suspects had been arrested, including one man near Paris carrying a loaded pistol, the Paris prosecutor, François Molins, said at a news conference. The police found weapons, jihadist literature and a list of Paris-area Israeli associations during the raid, which Mr. Molins said was aimed at a domestic network of radical Islamists who had recently converted to Islam.

The raids stem from the investigation into a grenade explosion on Sept. 19 in a kosher market in the Paris suburb of Sarcelles, in the midst of a heated controversy and protests over the mocking of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad in an anti-Islam video produced in the United States and cartoons published in a French satirical magazine.

The police found DNA at the scene that led them to Mr. Sidney, who they said had been under surveillance since last spring. He had been sentenced to prison for two years in 2008 for drug trafficking and "converted to radical Islam" in jail, Mr. Molins said.

The Israeli ambassador in France, Yossi Gal, condemned the grenade explosion as an anti-Semitic act, and Jewish organizations in France said that they were concerned that the attack on the kosher grocery was linked to the controversy over the anti-Islamic film.

One person was lightly wounded in the blast, but the investigation by the local judiciary was taken over several days ago by antiterrorist magistrates and domestic intelligence authorities. They have been looking into connections among more radical Muslims in France since the murders in Toulouse of seven people, including three Jews, in March by Mohammed Merah, who had undergone training in Pakistan but was not taken seriously by the police.

The police suggested that they were investigating whether some of those detained had other targets for attacks or whether they had only been discussing such targets, implying a high level of surveillance.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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