'People are going to die', man shot at Paris airport told troops


'People are going to die', man shot at Paris airport told troops

A gunman who was shot dead at a busy Paris airport after trying to take a soldier hostage had alcohol and "traces of cocaine and cannabis" in his blood, a post-mortem has revealed.

A few hours after the terror incident at the Orly Airport in France, the Paris Prosecutor stated tonight that the incident is being investigated as an attempted terror attack.

"He was known by the police and counter-intelligence services", said Le Roux, referring to the attacker. "But under the effects of alcohol and cannabis, this is where one ends up", the father said. The attack occurred shortly after the man shot at a police officer during a routine traffic stop in a Paris suburb, the French interior minister said.

Molins said that Ben Belgacem, who had a string of theft and drug-related convictions, had been radicalised in prison - a fact that had been noted by the authorities at the time - and was on probation prior to the attack.

Authorities did not release the man's name, but the spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office said he was 39 and had a long police record, including arrests for robbery and drug-related offenses.

The drama, which caused no injuries apart from the lightly-wounded traffic police officer, further rattled France, which remains under a state of emergency after attacks in the past two years that have killed 235 people.

Police who searched his home in a block of flats at Garges-lès-Gonesse say they found cocaine and a machete.

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Authorities said air traffic would not return to normal before Sunday morning. It handles most domestic fights and some global ones and served 31.2 million passengers in 2016, according to the Paris Airport Authority. He was shot dead by soldiers after saying he wants to "die for Allah" whilst pointing a gun at a soldier's head at Orly airport.

The man's father and brother were taken into police custody, a judicial source said.

Mr Molins said that Mr Belgacem was on a watch list after being "radicalised" during a spell in detention from 2011- 2012 and had to report to police regularly over preliminary robbery charges previous year.

French President Francois Hollande said investigators will determine whether Saturday's attacker "had a terrorist plot behind him".

He then continued south to steal another vehicle in the suburb of Vitry-sur-Seine about 10 kilometres from Orly airport. "I've screwed up with a police officer, '" the father said, according to CNN.

These include coordinated bombings and shootings in November 2015 in Paris when 130 people were killed and scores injured.

When Belgacem got to Orly's south terminal, he carried a pellet gun and a can of a flammable substance in his rucksack, which he threw to the ground before attacking the patrolwoman and holding the gun to her temple.



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