Man killed at Paris airport planned to 'die for Allah' - prosecutor

Man killed at Paris airport planned to 'die for Allah' - prosecutor


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PARIS: A person shot lifeless by French troopers at Paris Orly airport on Saturday shouted he was there to "die for Allah" and tried to grab a soldier's assault rifle, apparently meaning to open hearth on passengers, a prosecutor stated.

The newest in a collection of assaults in France pressured the evacuation of France's second-busiest airport and thrust safety again to the forefront of France's presidential election marketing campaign.

The attacker, named as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, arrived at Orly airport on Saturday morning, threw down a bag containing a can of petrol and seized maintain of a lady air pressure member who was a part of a army patrol on the airport, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins stated.

Utilizing the servicewoman as a defend, he put his air pistol to her head and shouted at different troopers together with her: "Put down your weapons. Put your arms in your head. I'm right here to die for Allah. In any case, there shall be deaths."

The opposite troopers then shot and killed Belgacem.

Molins stated the assailant, who tried to seize the lady's Famas assault rifle, appeared bent on finishing up a critical assault.

"Given the violence that's proven within the (CCTV) footage ... you sense that he was decided to undergo with it," Molins advised a information convention. "The whole lot leads one to consider he needed to grab the Famas so that there have been deaths after which to fireside at individuals."

On his physique, police discovered a Koran and 750 euros in money. At his residence, they discovered a number of grams of cocaine, a machete and a few overseas foreign money, Molins stated.

Prosecutors are investigating a variety of terrorism-related offences, together with tried homicide.

Belgacem's selection of goal and proof that he had been radicalised justified launching a terrorism investigation, Molins stated.

Belgacem's father, brother and a cousin are in police custody, Molins stated.


Belgacem, 39, was already on the authorities' radar. They noticed him as a radicalised Muslim when he served a jail time period a number of years in the past for drug-trafficking.

A number of hours earlier, Belgacem shot and wounded a police officer together with his air pistol after a routine visitors cease north of Paris earlier than fleeing, officers stated.

After the primary incident, Belgacem referred to as his father and brother saying he had achieved one thing silly, the prosecutor stated.

Later he entered a bar in Vitry-sur-Seine on the opposite aspect of Paris and opened hearth together with his air gun with out hitting anybody. He additionally stole a automotive earlier than arriving on the airport.

Greater than 230 individuals have died in France prior to now two years by the hands of attackers allied to the militant Islamist group Islamic State, whose strongholds in Syria and Iraq are being bombed by a world coalition together with France.

These embrace coordinated bombings and shootings in November 2015 in Paris when 130 individuals have been killed and scores injured.

With the nation within the throes of a highly-charged election marketing campaign earlier than a two-round presidential election in April and Might, the assaults will gasoline the political debate.

Conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon stated in a video message that France was in a "state of affairs of digital civil struggle" and there was no justification for lifting a state of emergency in place because the November 2015 assaults, after the justice minister stated this week circumstances have been in place for lifting it.

Far-right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen, operating on an anti-immigration, anti-EU ticket, stated the dying of the Orly airport attacker, who she stated was a a number of repeat offender, had averted a "attainable bloodbath".

"Our authorities is overwhelmed, surprised, paralysed like a rabbit within the headlights," she advised an election rally.

One witness, who gave solely his first identify of Dominique, stated he noticed a person seize the lady soldier by the arm on the airport and clutch her weapon.

"We ran off, down the staircase. Afterwards, we heard two photographs," he informed BFM TV.

Flights from Orly have been suspended for a number of hours after the incident.

Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, and his spouse Kate, who completed a two-day go to to Paris on Saturday caught to their plans regardless of the assault.

President Francois Hollande stated the case had proven the necessity for the "Sentinelle" safety operation introduced in after 2015 assaults. The troopers concerned have been patrolling the airport as a part of the "Sentinelle" operation.

Final month, Egyptian Abdullah Reda al-Hamahmy, 29, was shot and significantly wounded close to the Louvre museum when he launched himself at a gaggle of troopers, crying out "Allahu Akbar" (God is biggest).