The man responsible for a shootout in central Paris on Thursday night 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.
Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Alastair Macdonald; Reuters