Man gunned down at Paris air­port

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PARIS: Se­cu­rity forces shot dead a man who tried to seize a sol­dier’s gun at Paris Orly Air­port yes­ter­day, forc­ing the evac­u­a­tion of the busy air­port and putting se­cu­rity back in the spot­light in the mid­dle of France’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion cam­paign.

The man, iden­ti­fied as a 39year-old rad­i­calised Mus­lim, who was already on the radar of po­lice and in­tel­li­gence ser­vices, had ear­lier shot and wounded a po­lice of­fi­cer with an air gun af­ter a rou­tine traf­fic stop north of Paris, of­fi­cials said.

A po­lice source iden­ti­fied the man only as Zied B. and said he was known to po­lice for theft and drug of­fences.

An army spokesman said Zied B. was shot dead af­ter a strug­gle with a fe­male sol­dier on pa­trol in the air­port ter­mi­nal.

The man’s father and brother were taken into po­lice cus­tody, a ju­di­cial source said. BFM TV, with­out giv­ing a source, said the at­tacker had texted his father say­ing: “I’ve screwed up. I’ve shot a po­lice­man.”

Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande said the case had been turned over to anti-ter­ror­ism prose­cu­tors and a num­ber of oper­a­tions were un­der way.

Yes­ter­day’s train of events be­gan at Stains, near Le Bour­get air­port in north­ern Paris, where the man fled in a car af­ter he shot and wounded a po­lice of­fi­cer at a road check.

Af­ter­wards, he was in­volved in a car­jack­ing in Vitry where he threat­ened cus­tomers of a bar, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Bruno Le Roux said.

At Orly, he tried to seize a ri­fle from a woman air force mem­ber who was pa­trolling the air­port.

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

In the en­su­ing strug­gle on the ground, other mem­bers of the pa­trol opened fire, killing him, an army spokesman said.

Yes­ter­day’s at­tacks would have no im­pact on a trip to Paris by Prince Wil­liam, sec­ond in line to the British throne, and his wife Cather­ine, who were due to end a two-day visit here yes­ter­day, a British spokesman said.

Around 3,000 pas­sen­gers were evac­u­ated from Orly af­ter the in­ci­dent as se­cu­rity ser­vices sealed off the ter­mi­nal and swept it for bombs, but no ex­plo­sives were found.

No one else was in­jured at the air­port.

Flights were sus­pended from both air­port ter­mi­nals and some flights were di­verted to Charles de Gaulle air­port, air­port op­er­a­tor ADP said.

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


Evac­uees gath­er­ing out­side the Paris Orly Air­port yes­ter­day. (In­set) Zied B. was shot dead by sol­diers.

Po­lice of­fi­cers se­cur­ing Paris Orly Air­port yes­ter­day.

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