French terrorism attack: Suspect took selfie with severed head

French terrorism attack: Suspect took selfie with severed head

The main suspect in the beheading of a businessman that French authorities are calling a terrorist attack took a selfie with the victim and sent the image via WhatsApp to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said on Saturday.

French investigators were working to determine the recipient’s identity, but weren’t able to immediately confirm media reports that it was an unspecified person now in Syria, where the Islamic State has seized territory, security officials said.

The revelation added to an investigation that has not turned up a solid link to radical or foreign groups, but has revived concerns about terrorism in France less than six months after deadly attacks in Paris.

Top suspect Yassin Salhi, a truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties, and his sister and wife remained in police custody in the city of Lyon, a day after he allegedly crashed a truck into a US-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer’s severed head on a factory gate, officials said.

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