France Terror Attack

Published: June 26, 2015

France Terror Attack, • The U.S. chemical firm whose factory was attacked says all its employees are accounted for; the attack victim has not yet been publicly identified.

• The suspect is “somebody who was in touch with (Muslim fundamentalist) Salafists,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. The man had been under surveillance but was not previously involved in terrorist activities, he said.

• French authorities are “investigating any other people that could be accomplices,” Cazeneuve said.

One person has been beheaded and two people injured in a terrorist attack at a U.S.-owned gas factory near Lyon in southeastern France, French President François Hollande said Friday.

The suspect’s contacts with Muslim fundamentalists, and reports that Islamist flags or writings were found at the scene, point to a possible Islamist extremist motive.

The shocking episode comes on the same day as both Tunisia and Kuwait were hit by terrorists, the latter an apparent blast at a Shiite-affiliated mosque, an attack claimed by ISIS.

In Tunisia, at least 27 people were killed in the assault on a beachfront hotel in Sousse, Tunisia’s interior minister said, according to the state-run TAP news agency.

Security has been heightened in France since an Islamist terror attack in January when attackers targeted the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket in Paris.

In a televised address Friday from a summit in Brussels, Belgium, Hollande called the French incident a “pure terrorist attack.” Hollande said a body had been found, along with a severed head with a message. A suspect has been arrested and identified, he said.

The victim of what Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve described as a “barbarous” attack has not yet been publicly identified. But CNN’s French affiliate BFMTV said he was the suspect’s boss, citing a source close to the investigation.


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