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The Latest: Sources;police killer had previous conviction

  • French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve answers reporters after visiting the police station in Les Mureaux, west of Paris, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. A 25-year-old Frenchman with a past terrorist conviction is suspected in Monday's killing of two police officials  in the Paris suburb of Magnanville. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)

    French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve answers reporters after visiting the police station in Les Mureaux, west of Paris, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. A 25-year-old Frenchman with a past terrorist conviction is suspected in Monday's killing of two police officials in the Paris suburb of Magnanville. (AP Photo/Nadine Achoui-Lesage)  (The Associated Press)

  • French police officers block the road leading to a crime scene the day after a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a senior police officer to death Monday evening outside his home in Magnanville, west of Paris, France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The attacker and a female companion of the police commander were later found dead after police commandos stormed the home and rescued the couple's three-year-old son. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    French police officers block the road leading to a crime scene the day after a knife-wielding attacker stabbed a senior police officer to death Monday evening outside his home in Magnanville, west of Paris, France, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The attacker and a female companion of the police commander were later found dead after police commandos stormed the home and rescued the couple's three-year-old son. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on killing of two police officers in France (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

Two French officials have identified the man suspected of killing police in a deadly attack outside Paris as Larossi Abbala, a 25-year-old who had a past terrorism conviction for recruiting fighters for jihad in Pakistan.

The two officials said Abbala was from the western Paris suburb of Mantes-la-Jolie and was convicted in 2013 to three years in prison, including six months suspended for association with a terrorist enterprise. The officials were not authorized to be publicly named discussing ongoing investigations.

Abbala is suspected of stabbing a police officer outside his house in the suburb of Magnanville. Abbala was killed in a police raid on the house. The police officer's female partner, also a police official, was also found dead.

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8:40 a.m.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has denounced what he called "an abject terrorist act" after an attacker killed two police officials outside Paris, and warned that France, Europe and the West remain under a high threat of the kind of extremist violence that hit an Orlando night club.

Speaking after an emergency meeting convened Tuesday morning by French President Francois Hollande, Cazeneuve said more than 100 people seen as potential threats have been arrested in France this year, including in recent weeks.

France has been on particularly high alert as it hosts Europe's top sporting event, the monthlong European Championship soccer tournament, and is still under a state of emergency after deadly Islamic State attacks in November.

The threat "is high in France, it's high in Europe, it's high in the Western world as shown by the events that happened 48 hours ago in the United States," Cazeneuve said.