Police sources say the suspect text his father and brother after the first shooting, saying: "I did a bullsh*t, I shot at the police".The family are French citizens of Tunisian descent, and lived on a council-run estate in Garges-lès-Gonesse.
The man then fled, threatening a motorist with a weapon to steal her car."This same man - a radicalised Muslim known to intelligence services and the justice system - then took a Famas (assault weapon) from a soldier at Orly's southern terminal ...The suspect has been described as a drug-taking serial offender who had spent around 15 years of his life in prison.A French offical connected to the investigation has confirmed the attacker as Ziyed Ben Belgacem - a French-born national.Terrified passengers fled as he scuffled with a three-member anti-terrorist patrol from the air force regiment that was guarding the airport’s south terminal shortly after 8am.
Shouting, “I’m here to die for Allah”, he threw down a backpack containing a petrol can and a copy of the Koran and tried to grab the soldier’s gun.
They braked so hard they destroyed the main landing gear tires and wheels, but the aircraft ran off the end of the runway. The left undercarriage failed and a fire broke out from fuselage.
Three flight attendants initially survived the disaster.
A man shot dead at Orly airport in Paris yesterday after he tried to snatch an automatic weapon from a female soldier was named as Ziyed Ben Belgacem, a French citizen of Tunisian origin with a record of petty crime.
Belgacem, 39, was described as a radicalised Muslim who was known to the French intelligence services.
Air France was doing its best to publicize the flight and hence it was filled with Atlanta's elite.