Paris Orly attack: Drugs and alcohol found in gunman's blood

Paris Orly attack: Drugs and alcohol found in gunman's blood

At around 7:30 a.m. a man shot a police officer in the head with a pellet gun during a routine traffic stop before fleeing in a stolen auto.

Belgacem's father and brother were both arrested yesterday and taken into custody by French authorities, his father was later released.

"He told me: "I ask for your forgiveness. I've shot a policeman".

French President François Hollande said authorities would investigate whether the attacker "had a terrorist plot behind him", but the Paris prosecutors' office had already announced that its anti-terrorism section had taken over the investigation. It is not random to choose to attack patrolling soldiers from the Operation Sentinelle.

France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed over 230 lives since January 2015. His house was among dozens searched in November 2015 in the immediate aftermath of suicide bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

The episode Saturday came amid a heated presidential election campaign in France, with the first round of voting just five weeks away, on April 23.

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On Saturday morning, Belgacem shot a policewoman in the face at around 6.50am CET (5.50am GMT) during a road check, before hijacking a vehicle.

"He was known by the police and counter-intelligence services", said Le Roux, referring to the attacker.

He grabbed the female soldier and used her as a shield.

The man and the soldier fell to the ground after an "extremely violent attack", an army spokesman said.

Belgacem was shot dead on Saturday after holding a pellet gun to a soldier at the airport and reportedly shouting: "I am here to die in the name of Allah. He drank. And under the effects of alcohol and cannabis, this is where one ends up", he said.

"We had queued up to check in for the Tel Aviv flight when we heard three or four shots nearby", Franck Lecam said.

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Belgacem was born in Paris, according to the prosecutor. French police said they later found a gas canister, lighter and copy of the Quran inside his backpack. The British royals earlier on Saturday met some of the survivors of the Paris attacks in a visit to a military hospital.

Orly is one of two large worldwide airports in the Paris region.

A man has been shot dead at France's second busiest airport, Paris Orly, after an apparent failed terror attack Saturday.

Noone else was injured at the airport.

Around 3,000 passengers were evacuated from the South terminal, while elite police teams secured it and swept it for possible explosives.

But normal flight operations were later said to be resuming, the Paris airports operator said.

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Le Drian had said the soldier kept hold of her weapon.

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