Reports say that French police have detained two people in connection with the Paris Airport Attack. Authorities say they may have provided the gun the suspected terrorist used to attack soldiers at Paris’ Orly Airport.
Monday, NBC News released security footage of a soldier being taken hostage by an Islamic extremist. It all went down over the weekend at the second-busiest airport in France.
French authorities identified the terrorist in the video obtained by The Associated Press as 39-year-old Ziyed Ben Belgacem. The Paris-born native is captured on Saturday morning, walking inside the Paris airport’s southern terminal.
Monday, two unidentified suspected terrorists were detained. By Tuesday, they were still in custody. Both are facing charges related to associating with a terrorist enterprise.
Police say they aided Ziyed Ben Belgacem in the Paris Airport Attack, which resulted in the suspect going on a violent shooting spree in the city. Reports say the shooting spree when on for several hours. One female soldier was wounded.
The Daily Caller reports on the Paris Airport Attack:
Belgacem began his attack when he fired a revolver loaded with bird shot at a police officer manning an identity-check station in the Parisian suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse. He later proceeded to the Orly airport and attacked a female soldier before being shot to death by another French soldier. He was heard shouting “I am ready to die for Allah” while grappling with the female soldier and attempting to steal her weapon, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, who described Belgacem as “an extremely violent individual.”
Belgacem was reportedly known to French authorities due to his violent criminal history which spanned at least 16 years. Molins said authorities noticed “signs of radicalization” while Belgacem was in prison. Terrorist organizations in Europe are known to target young, incarcerated Muslims for recruitment.
It is unclear whether or not Belgacem and his alleged co-conspirators were part of a larger terrorist network.