Man beheaded in apparent terror attack at France gas factory
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.