Attack at the Orly Paris airport, the attacker shouted: ‘I’m here to die for Allah – there will be deaths’
A radicalised Muslim on a crime watchlist shot a policewoman in the head at a road check before attacking a soldier at a Paris airport.
The gunman shouted: “I am here to die for Allah – there will be deaths”, before attempting to gun people down at Orly airport.
The man – known as Ziyed B – at one point threw down a bag containing a can of petrol, a Parisian prosecutor said.
He was initially stopped for speeding at a road check north of the city early on Saturday moirning, shooting a policewoman in the head.
He then held up a woman motorist at gunpoint, stealing her car and driving to Orly airport.
In the airport terminal the attacker assaulted a patrol of three counter-terrorism soldiers, making the statement about Allah.
He wrestled one of the soldiers to the floor, trying to take her gun.
The man was shot dead by patrol officers as they attempted to protect the women and members of the public at the airport.
Pictures of the man, who is 39, lying dead with his arms outstretched on the terminal floor have emerged in the wake of the shooting.
In total soldiers fired eight rounds at the attacker, who was intent on shooting people at the airport, French officials said.
One witness, Dominique, said: “I heard shouting and I saw the soldiers who were holding a person.
“It was a man who was holding a soldier hostage, he had them by the neck and he threatened the two other soldiers with the woman’s rifle.”
A police source said the man was “a radicalised Muslim known to intelligence services and the justice system”.
He had a history of thefts and violent robberies. The man’s father, brother and a cousin have been taken into police custody.
Around 3,000 people were evacuated from the airport and flights were diverted while swat teams and the bomb squad cleared the area.
Source: /Sky News