One Decapitation and Explosions in Terrorist Attack in France, Suspect Tells Police He’s an ISIS Member
The religion of peace has struck again in the holy month of Ramadan. The attack happened at a US-owned factory:
The attack took place at the headquarters of American company Air Products, inSaint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Grenoble, in the southeast of France, just after 10am (6pm).
Multiple arrests have taken place after the attack, AP reported.
France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls called the attack “Islamist terrorism”.
“Islamist terrorism has hit France again,” Valls told a press conference in Colombia’s capital Bogota, adding that he would take part by telephone in an emergency meeting called by President Francois Hollande, then rush back to France.
An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, initially said two attackers arrived in a car, bearing the black Islamic State flag with Arabic writing, and set off an explosion.
The car is understood to have got into the factory and then at high speed crashed into the main entrance and plowed into gas canisters, creating the explosion.
The decapitated body was found nearby with the head posted on the gate of the factory’s entrance, a security offical told AP. The head had Arabic writing on it.
“No doubt about the intention – to cause an explosion,” Hollande said, calling the attack “of a terrorist nature.”
An official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to release details to the media, said the torso was found near the site of the explosion but that the victim was not decapitated by the blast.
Two flags, one white and one black and both with Arabic inscriptions, were found at the scene.
AFP reported that a 30-year-old man, Yacine Sali, a father of three, had been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group.
The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man arrested has been known to authorities since 2006 but police dropped their interest in him in 2008
More as this develops.