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French police shooting linked to calls for jihadist attacks.

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French police shooting linked to calls for jihadist attacks. French police on Saturday shot dead a knife-wielding man who attacked three officers in a police station while shouting "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great"). The man wounded one officer's face at the entrance to the police station in Joue-les-Tours near the central city of Tours and injured two others before he was killed. Anti-terror investigators of the Paris prosecutor's office have opened an inquiry into the incident for attempted murder and other offences related to terrorism. The perpetrator was a French national born in Burundi in 1994 who was known to police for common crimes, a source close to the investigation told AFP. The attacker "shouted 'Allahu Akbar' from the moment he entered until his last breath," the source said. "It looked like the sort of act called for by Islamic State," the source said. "The investigation is leading towards an attack... motivated by radical Islamist motives." The Islamic State (IS) group, which has seized control of swathes of Iraq and Syria using brutal violence, has exhorted its followers to mount attacks in the West. FRANCE 24's Wassim Nasr says such calls aim to "export the war to the streets" of countries participating in the international coalition against IS. "By making calls to carry out attacks in the West, terrorist groups such as the Islamic State have two objectives: one is to cause as many victims possible, but the most important one is to install an atmosphere of terror and suspicion between Western citizens, between Muslims and non-Muslims," Nasr said.