Responding to the news that yesterday’s terrorist attack in Paris was carried out by a man originally from Chechnya, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov countered on the messaging service Telegram that the alleged perpetrator “grew up and formed his personality, opinions, and beliefs in French society.”
“I consider it important to point out that the fact that Hassan Azimov decided to pursue a criminal path is entirely the responsibility of the French authorities,” Kadyrov wrote. “I’m sure that if he had spent his childhood and adolescence in Chechnya, Hassan’s fate would have been different.”
The Islamic State has released a short video purportedly showing the jihadist who attacked several people with a knife in Paris yesterday. The footage was released by the group’s Amaq News Agency. A screen shot of the young man can be seen above. The video is similar to a number of other self-recorded clips released by the group after small-scale attacks in Europe since mid-2016.
The masked man swears allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and also exhorts Islamic State followers to continue fighting. A similar formula was used in previous Amaq videos.