Sus­pect in be­head­ing ad­mits role

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

The top sus­pect in the be­head­ing of a French trans­porta­tion com­pany man­ager ad­mit­ted to the killing that author­i­ties have called a ter­ror­ist at­tack, of­fi­cials said.

Yas­sine Salhi, a truck de­liv­ery­man and fa­ther of three with a history of ties to Is­lamic ex­trem­ists, made the ad­mis­sion in the south­east­ern city of Lyon be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to counter- ter­ror­ism po­lice head­quar­ters out­side Paris.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have found no links to any in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist group in Fri­day’s at­tack. Of­fi­cials re­quested anonymity be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

Salhi re­port­edly crashed a truck into a U. S.- owned chem­i­cal ware­house, set­ting off an ex­plo­sion, and hung his em­ployer’s head on the fac­tory’s gate. Of­fi­cials say he sent a “selfie” of him­self and the vic­tim to a Cana­dian cell­phone num­ber.

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