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Islamic State Publication Names Militants Behind Paris, Brussels Attacks

A French gendarme runs past a car on the Champs Elysees avenue after an incident in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

A French gendarme runs past a car on the Champs Elysees avenue after a car carrying weapons and explosives rammed into a police van in Paris, France, June 19, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

Cairo: Islamic State claimed responsibility for two attempted militant attacks in Europe last month.

The group’s monthly online magazine Rumiyah, issued on Thursday, named Abu Maysun al-Faransi as the man who rammed a car carrying weapons and explosives into a police van as it drove in a convoy down Paris’s Champs Elysees on June 19.

The man, who was known to French security services, died in the incident and the Paris prosecutor’s counter-terrorism unit.

Rumiyah also named Usamah Zaryuh as the man who set off a small explosion at Brussels’ central train station on June 21. The man was shot and killed by security forces.

There were no casualties in either attack.

(Reuters)