CCTV shows moment Paris airport attacker grabs soldier

20 March, 2017, 22:14 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • A catalogue of terror in France

The clip is the first video of the attempted attack by Ziyed Ben Belgacem at Paris's Orly airport on Saturday.

The footage, obtained by AP, shows the a 39-year-old Frenchman trying to wrestle away the first soldier's gun, but he was killed before he could fire the weapon.

He drew a gun and fired, slightly injuring one officer.

He has been described as a drug-taking serial offender who had spent around 15 years of his life in prison. At the time of his death, Ben Belgacem was carrying a petrol can in his backpack, as well as 750 euros ($805) in cash, a copy of the Koran, a packet of cigarettes and a lighter.

"My son was never a terrorist". He never attended prayer. "He drank. But under the effects of alcohol and cannabis, this is where one ends up", said the father.

CCTV footage shows Ziyed Ben Belgacem grabbing the soldier.

It is reported that in the seconds before his death, the attacker shouted that he was there to "die for Allah".

The man identified as Belgacem's father said on Europe 1: "He called me at seven, eight in the morning and said: "There you go, Papa". "He said to me: "Daddy, please forgive me. I've screwed up with a gendarme".

Belgacem is thought to have been under the influence and drugs when he launched his attack on Saturday morning.

This meant that he was unable to kill or seriously wound anyone, forcing him to try and steal a soldier's assault rifle. He was immediately shot dead by two of the soldier's colleagues. Holding a revolver loaded with birdshot, he pulls her backward.

Toxicology tests showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grammes per litre in his blood, along with the presence of cannabis and cocaine, a judicial source said. That is almost twice the legal limit for driving in France.

A subsequent police search of Belgacem's flat found cocaine, Molins said.

Belgacem was born in Paris, according to the prosecutor.

Belgacem - who was of Tunisian origin - then fled, threatening a motorist with a weapon to steal her vehicle. Dozens of flights to and from Orly were cancelled during an hours-long shutdown after the incident, but by Sunday afternoon air traffic had returned to normal, a spokeswoman for the Paris airports authority said.

Ben Belgacem was meant to be reporting to police under bail conditions connected to an armed robbery, and there were fears he had been radicalised in jail.

Belgacem had been flagged as having been radicalized during a spell in detention in 2011-2012, Molins said.

Ben Belgacem's brother and cousin were released Sunday after they, like the attacker's father, were held for questioning.

A member of France's elite police force at Orly airport. Today (Monday), Associated Press news agency published the security footage from the scene where the terrorist can be seen charging the soldier from behind and trying to grab her weapon. Put your hands on your head! "Whatever happens, there will be deaths", Molins said. His house was among scores searched in November 2015 in the immediate aftermath of suicide bomb-and-gun attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

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