French factory attack: Suspect was “a calm and quiet person”

BY CHARL BOSCH - JUNE 27, 2015

French police have confirmed the arrest of a single suspect following yesterday’s rumoured terror attack on a gas factory in the small town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon.

According to reports, 35-year old Yassin Salhi was taken into custody shortly after ramming a van into row of canisters at the factory of owned US-owned firm Air Products, setting off an explosion that injured two workers.

A decapitated body found at the scene was later confirmed to be that of a local transport manager, identified as being Salhi’s boss. The 55-year old man’s severed head, which was allegedly hanging from a factory fence when police arrived, had been covered in Islamic drawings and placed between two banners with reported jihadi messages. A flag, reported has being similar to that of the Islamic State (Isis), was also found.

In a statement after the attack, French President Francois Hollande termed the attack as having “terrorist hallmarks” while Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, stated that Salhi, a father of three described as quiet and clam, had been under investigation for radicalisation since 2006, but that the probe was dropped in 2008 as he had no criminal record.

According to Sky News, Salhi had been involved with a group which practised Salafism, an ultra-conservative version of Islam at the time of the attack.

Hollande has meanwhile called for an increase of security in the first attack on French soil since the shooting at the office of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in January.

 

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