Authorities say Belgacem, a 39-year-old Frenchman, had a long criminal record of drug and robbery offences.
The Associated Press has obtained security footage of Saturday’s attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capital’s second-biggest airport. It shows the attacker grabbing the soldier around the shoulders as her companion patrols slightly ahead.
No one was injured at the airport. The footage shows him trying to wrestle away the first soldier’s gun as he approached the crowd, but he was killed before he could fire the weapon.
In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, centre left, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Paris’ Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP) The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capital’s second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with two other soldiers.
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.
Earlier Saturday, a police officer was shot in the face with birdshot when officers stopped Belgacem for a traffic violation.
One passenger rolls a suitcases past the hostage soldier and the second soldier continues on his way. Then, suddenly, people start backing away in a mass as the attacker pulls his hostage toward them. For a few moments, almost no one reacts.
Islamic extremist hit up bar hours before he wrestled female soldier at Paris airport for rifle; Cocaine found in home
Change text size for the story
Print this story
Report an error
The attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with the companion and another soldier.
That is nearly twice the legal limit for driving in France. Autopsy toxicology tests found traces of cocaine and cannabis in Belgacem’s blood, according to the Paris prosecutors’ office. He also had 0.93 grams of alcohol per litre of blood when he died Saturday, the prosecutors’ office said.
‘I am here to die for Allah’; Paris airport attacker wanted to kill