Video shows moment Paris airport attacker grabbed soldier


CCTV footage captures the moment an alleged Islamic extremist used a soldier as a human shield during a failed attack at Paris' Orly airport. Investigators are still trying to understand what motivated Saturday's assault by 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem, which led to a major security scare and the temporary closure of the capital's second-busiest airport.

The results of an autopsy showed that Belgacem had a blood alcohol level of 0.93 grams per liter - nearly twice the legal driving limit in France - and had also taken cannabis and cocaine, AFP reported, citing judicial sources.

A post-mortem has since revealed that Belgacem was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he was shot.

Belgacem is said to have shouted "I am here to die for Allah - there will be deaths", before attempting to grab the soldier's weapon and shoot people inside the airport.

The attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was shot dead within three minutes during the ensuing standoff with the companion and another soldier, the Daily Mail reports.

Authorities say Belgacem had a long criminal record of drug and robbery offences, and a terrorist inquiry has been launched into his death.

"My son was never a terrorist", said the father. He never attended prayer. Investigators were examining his telephone.

A member of France's elite police force at Orly airport.

The airport attack came at a moment when France is on edge; the country remains under a state of emergency, and presidential elections begin in April. All three had approached police themselves on Saturday after the attack.

A brother and cousin of Belgacem were also questioned by police and then released on Sunday, the judicial source said.

No one else was injured in the attack. Shortly after, he contacted his relatives to tell them he had "done something stupid", they told police. The auto was found at the airport. He had been investigated in 2015 over suspicions he had radicalised while serving jail time, but his name did not feature on the list of those thought to pose a high risk.

Prosecutors said Belgacem was flagged as having been radicalized during a spell in detention in 2011-2012.

The airport was evacuated and flights were rerouted to other airports in Paris. The shooting took place on the second day of a visit to Paris by Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate, which was unaffected.

Europe 1 did not give the name of the father, who was released from police custody over the weekend. "He told me: 'I ask for your forgiveness". "I've screwed up with a gendarme".

A small amount of cocaine and a machete were found during a search of his home on Saturday.

According to soldiers, Belgacem yelled: "Put down your weapons!"



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