Man shot dead at Orly airport

BBC:-A man has been shot dead after trying to seize a soldier’s weapon at Paris’s Orly airport, French officials say.

The 39-year-old was killed by the security forces after attacking a patrol in the airport’s south terminal.

The airport has now partially reopened after what the authorities described as an extremely serious incident.

The man was involved in a shooting north of Paris earlier on Saturday. He had been reported as radicalised in the past, and was a police watch-list.

He had a long criminal record including convictions for armed robbery, French media report.


Early on Saturday morning, the suspect was stopped at a checkpoint in Garges-les-Gonesse, north of Paris, where he reportedly lives.

He fired at police with a pellet gun before escaping in a car that was later found abandoned.

He is then believed to have stolen another car at gunpoint from a woman at Vitry, south of Paris. That car was later found at Orly airport.

At the airport the man approached a military patrol. He tried to seize a weapon from a female soldier “in an extremely violent attack”, an army spokesman said.

She managed to keep hold of the gun, and two other soldiers opened fire on the attacker, killing him.

The attacker’s motivation is not yet known. His home is being searched and his father and brother have been taken into custody – which is standard procedure in suspected terror attacks.

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