French official: Friend of attacker faces accomplice charge

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French official: Friend of attacker faces accomplice charge
CORRECTS THE FIRST NAME TO KHAMZAT This undated photo made available to the Associated Press on the condition that its source not be revealed, shows Khamzat Azimov. The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday, May 13, 2018. (AP Photo)

PARIS (AP) — The French prosecutor’s office says that a close friend of the young man who carried out a deadly knife attack in Paris before being killed by police is appearing before a judge and is expected to be handed preliminary charges as an accomplice.

Francois Molins also said on Thursday, in his first news conference since the Saturday night attack, that two female friends of the men were arrested in the Paris region, but gave no details.

Khamzat Azimov killed one person and wounded four others with a knife. He was killed by police as he advanced on them, saying “shoot, shoot, shoot.”

Molins said that the friend, Abdul Hakim A., arrested a day after the attack, in Strasbourg where Azimov had previously lived.