The East Baton Rouge Parish’s mayor’s office told reporters that two police officers were killed in a shooting in the city, which has seen protests in the wake of Alton Sterling’s death earlier this month. A manhunt was still underway for the shooter, or shooters. “They say stay home. Stay off the streets,” wrote Advocate reporter Rebekah Allen. William Daniel, the city-parish’s chief administrative officer, reportedly confirmed the deaths. The mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish,Kip Holden, told CNN that at least three police officers were feared dead. “There is still an active scene. They are investigating. Right now we are trying to get our arms around everything. It’s just been one thing after another,” Holden said. Baton Rouge Police spokesman Sgt. Don Coppola confirmed the shooting had injured several officers and East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies. Coppola called the scene “contained” as of about 11 a.m. EST. The shooting occurred near Airline and Old Hammond highways, Baton Rouge police said.
The attacker who killed at least 84 people on Bastille Day in Nice reportedly sent text messages in the minutes leading up to the attack asking someone to “bring more weapons.” The discovery, according to French authorities, confirms suspicions that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, had accomplices. Two more suspects were arrested on Sunday, bringing the total number of people detained in the attack to seven, including Bouhlel’s wife. The phone with the text messages was found in the 19-ton refrigerator truck used to mow down scores of people on Thursday.
The Islamic State claimed on Saturday that the man who attacked the seaside city of Nice was one of the group’s “soldiers.” France’s defense minister promptly blamed the terrorist network for inspiring the assault, while its top law enforcement official said the attacker, who was not previously known to intelligence agencies, may have “radicalized himself very quickly.” The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, carried out the assault on Thursday evening using a 19-ton refrigerated truck and an automatic pistol. The death toll remained at 84, but the number of injured rose to 303, of whom 121 were in hospitals, 26 of them in intensive care.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the U.S. Saturday to extradite an imam currently living in Pennsylvania to Turkey. Erdogan has accused Fethullah Gülen of being behind the failed coup attempt of his government. In a speech Saturday night, Erdogan said Turkey has never denied the U.S.’s extradition requests for terrorists. A Turkish official told the Associated Press that the country “has been preparing a formal application with detailed information about Gülen’s involvement in illegal activities.”
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