Radicalised Muslim known to security agencies shot dead in attack at Paris airport – as security stepped up at stadium where Duke and Duchess watch rugby
The incident happened near Jews queuing to check in for a flight to Tel Aviv. Of course, always surrounded by danger.
I notice these points at first read:
The man, named Ziyad ben Belgacem, had wrestled a soldier to the ground in what an army spokesperson called “an extremely violent attack,” attempting to take a soldiers rifle. The soldiers were part of Operation Sentinel – involving thousands of soldiers deployed to provide back-up to the police after the Charlie Hebdo attack in January 2015 and the Paris attacks of November 2015.
Witnesses said he shouted he was there to “die for Allah” as he seized hold of a soldier who was part of a military patrol at the airport.
He was then shot by the two other members of the patrol.
In an incident last month, a French soldier shoots machete-wielding attacker at Louvre who yelled “Allah is greatest”
A ‘radicalized’ Muslim known to intelligence agencies…naturally.
The Paris prosecutor, François Molins, said that during the confrontation at the airport, Belgacem shouted at the patrolmen: “I’m there to die by Allah. In any case there will be deaths.” Cliche variety
He was carrying a Koran, a container of petrol and matches…Ha! Naturally, what else?
Belgacem was identified from his identity papers, which he had given to police before opening fire. Ha! Wait, what?
Mr Molins said three of Belgacem’s relatives were in custody: his father, brother and a cousin. They went to a police station after Belgacem sent his brother a text message saying: “I’ve done something stupid. I’ve fired at police.”
Colonel Benoît Brulon, a military spokesman, said: “Vigilance is already extremely strong and procedures will not be changed. Soldiers will continue to patrol and protect the public,” he said.
Thousands of armed police and soldiers routinely patrol the streets of Paris, airports and railway stations. About 7,000 military personnel are deployed around the country under the state of emergency introduced after the Paris attacks. [upgraded now to 8,000]