Orly airport: Drugs and ethanol found in gunman’s blood

Riot troops officer unit inside Orly airport, south of Paris, as flights began to resume on Saturday 18 March, 2017.Image copyright
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Riot troops unit inside Orly airport, south of Paris

Blood tests have suggested that a gunman who pounded soldiers during Orly airfield in Paris on Saturday had consumed drugs and alcohol.

Ziyed Ben Belgacem, 39, was killed after he put a gun to a soldier’s conduct observant he wanted to “die for Allah”.

Paris prosecutors’ bureau pronounced toxicology tests during his autopsy found traces of heroin and cannabis.

Belgacem also had an ethanol turn of 0.93g per litre of blood, scarcely twice a authorised extent for pushing in France.

He is pronounced to have been radicalised in prison, and was on a troops watch-list.

He was concerned in a sharpened and afterwards a carjacking on Saturday before he pounded a troops unit during Orly, Paris’s second-biggest airport.

The suspect’s rapist record enclosed philosophy for armed spoliation and drugs offences, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters late on Saturday.

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In an talk with French radio Europe 1 on Sunday, a male identified as a suspect’s father pronounced Belgacem wasn’t a practicing Muslim and drank alcohol.

“My son was not a terrorist. He never prayed, and he drank. But underneath a effects of ethanol and cannabis, this is where one ends up,” a father said.

Europe 1 did not give his name.

The father was expelled from troops control overnight on Saturday, while Belgacem’s hermit and a cousin were expelled after on Sunday.

The method of events

Early on Saturday morning, Belgacem was stopped during a checkpoint in Garges-les-Gonesse, north of Paris.

He dismissed during troops with a particle gun before evading in a automobile that was after found abandoned.

Police contend he afterwards stole a automobile during gunpoint from a lady during Vitry, south of Paris. That automobile was after found during Orly airport.

Belgacem arrived during a airfield and pounded a troops unit in a south terminal.

He attempted to seize a servicewoman’s involuntary weapon, put his gun to her conduct and said: “I’m here to die for Allah. In any box people are going to die.”

He was afterwards shot passed by dual other soldiers.

A duplicate of a Koran was found on his body, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins added.

Media caption“The assailant was holding a infantryman by her neck”

The BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris says a design is building adult of a male on a rapist fringes of society, who also consorted with Islamist radicals.

The conflict came during a supportive time. France has presidential elections starting subsequent month and stays underneath a state of emergency.

The soldiers during Orly were partial of Operation Sentinel – involving thousands of soldiers deployed to yield fill-in to a troops after the Charlie Hebdo conflict in Jan 2015 and the Paris attacks of Nov 2015.

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