Man be­headed in ap­par­ent terror at­tack at France gas fac­tory

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Meg Wag­ner NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Aman was be­headed af­ter at least two sus­pected ter­ror­ists at­tacked a gas fac­tory in south­east­ern France, pin­ning their vic­tim’s head to a gate and leav­ing flags with Ara­bic in­scrip­tions be­hind in the blood­bath, of­fi­cials said.

The vic­tim’s head was found cov­ered in Ara­bic writ­ing and at­tached to the gates of the Air Prod­ucts fac­tory while the body was found in­side next to the Is­lamic flags, French po­lice told AFP.

The mid-morn­ing Fri­day at­tack in the city of Greno­ble left two more peo­ple in­jured. Po­lice ar­rested one as­sailant, who was known to France’s anti-terror po­lice for pos­si­ble ties to Is­lamic ex­trem­ists but had no ar­rest record. There are re­ports of a sec­ond sus­pect, but the at­tacker’s where­abouts are not clear.

French of­fi­cials re­ported “mul­ti­ple” other peo­ple in cus­tody af­ter the at­tack, but it’s not clear how the ar­restees were in­volved.

French pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande called the rampage a “pure ter­ror­ist at­tack” while speak­ing in Brus­sels. He is trav­el­ing back to France in the wake of the blood­shed.

No group im­me­di­ately claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

De­tails of the at­tack were sketchy but two French of­fi­cials said it be­gan when the men crashed a car into the en­trance of the fac­tory and into gas can­is­ters, touch­ing off the ex­plo­sion.

The de­cap­i­tated body was found near the fac­tory en­trance, one of the of­fi­cials said. At least two flags — one white and one black, and both with Ara­bic writ­ing — were also found in­side the fac­tory. It’s not clear what the ban­ners or the mark­ings on the vic­tim’s face said.

The in­dus­trial site be­longs to Air Prod­ucts, an Amer­i­can chem­i­cal com­pany based in Al­len­town, Pa. A spokes­woman for the com­pany con­firmed there had been “an in­ci­dent” at its Greno­ble fac­tory, CNN re­ported.

France’s anti-terror pros­e­cu­tor opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the at­tack, which he said was car­ried out by “a ter­ror­ist group,” the depart­ment said in a state­ment.

France has been on high terror alert since Jan­uary, when gun­men at­tacked the satir­i­cal Char­lie Hebdo news­pa­per and a kosher mar­ket in Paris. The multi-day terror rampage left 20 peo­ple dead, in­clud­ing the Is­lamic ex­trem­ist at­tack­ers.

Also on Fri­day, two gun­men stormed a Tu­nisian beach be­tween two ho­tels, killing at least 27 peo­ple. One of the at­tack­ers was shot and killed by po­lice, while the other is still on the loose.

On Fri­day ISIS ter­ror­ists also car­ried out a sui­cide bomb­ing at a mosque in Kuwait killing at least 16 peo­ple dur­ing morn­ing prayers.

French po­lice se­cure the en­trance of the Air Prod­ucts com­pany in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, France, af­ter an ap­par­ent

terror at­tack on Fri­day.

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