Paris airport attacker in crime spree just before attack; claimed death ‘in the name of Allah’

Paris airport attacker in crime spree just before attack; claimed death ‘in the name of Allah’

[Ed. – Sounds like this guy was disturbed, quite possibly under the influence, AND acting from jihadi motives.]

A man holding a gun on a French female soldier at Orly Airport shouted, “I am here to die in the name of Allah … There will be deaths,” before two of the soldier’s comrades shot the attacker dead Saturday morning, a prosecutor told reporters.

None of the soldiers were wounded, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said. The suspect, identified by Molins as Ziyed Ben Belgacem also is accused of shooting a police officer earlier in the day when he stole the officer’s weapon. That officer has non-life-threatening wounds, officials said.

Molins said the suspect had been imprisoned several times on violence and theft convictions, including one five-year stint that began in 2009. …

Molins said Belgacem was involved in several incidents before heading to the airport.

  • 6:55 a.m.: Shoots police officer after being stopped for speeding and driving with headlights turned off near Stains, in northern suburbs of Paris.
  • Time not given: Goes to a bar in Vitry-sur-Seine where he had been until 3 a.m. and fires four shots with gun stolen from police officer. No one is wounded.
  • Short time later: Drives from bar (where he leaves cell phone), carjacks a new vehicle…

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