Video shows fight for gun at airport
PARIS — Video of a suspected Islamic extremist at Paris’ Orly Airport shows a soldier caught by surprise when an attacker drops a shopping bag and grabs her from behind.
The Associated Press has obtained security footage of Saturday’s attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capital’s second-largest airport. It shows the attacker grabbing the soldier around the shoulders as her companion patrols slightly ahead.
He drops his shopping bag, which authorities said contained a flask of gasoline. Holding a revolver loaded with birdshot, he pulls her backward.
Yelling that he wanted to kill and die for Allah, the Paris prosecutor said, Ziyed Ben Belgacem can be seeing trying to wrestle away the soldier’s assault-style rifle.
The video shows Belgacem using her as a shield after he apparently manages to get control of the weapon, but he exposes himself by standing up, giving her comrades a clear shot to kill him.