Man found decapitated in France terror attack

A man has been decapitated during a suspected Islamist terrorist attack at a chemical factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon, southeastern France.

Here is what we know so far:

  • The attack took place just before 10am local time when two suspects drove into the Air Products factory
  • The vehicle crashed the gate and plowed into gas canisters which caused an explosion
  • One man was found decapitated and two others were injured in the attack
  • Four people have been arrested

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France beheading suspect took 'selfie' with victim

The main suspect in the beheading of a businessman took a "selfie" with the slain victim and sent the image to a Canadian mobile phone number, officials said.

French police at the scene of the murder in Lyon Credit: Reuters

French investigators were working to determine the recipient's identity, but were not able to confirm reports that it was an unspecified person now in Syria, where the radical Islamic State group has seized territory.

The main suspect Yassine Salhi, a truck driver with a history of radical Islamic ties, as well as 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.

One of the officials said the selfie was forwarded via WhatsApp to a phone number in Canada.

Four people arrested over France terrorist attack

Four people have been arrested following a terrorist attack in which a man was decapitated, French authorities said.

Two men drove a car into a plant owned by an American gas company setting off two explosions.

ITV News' Rebecca Barry reports:


Firefighter seized suspect after France terror attack

A firefighter seized the main suspect following the France terror attack in which a businessman was decapitated. The suspect, Yassine Salhi, was flagged in 2006 for suspected ties to radical Salafists, France's Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

A policeman stands in front of an industrial gas factory in Saint-Quentin Fallavier, France.

Mr Cazeneuve said Salhi - a resident of the Lyon suburb of Saint-Priest who is in his 30s - had been known to intelligence services and was under surveillance from 2006 to 2008.

Officials said the decapitated man was the boss of a local transportation company that employed Salhi. One official said he was believed to have been killed before the attack on the factory and was not killed by the explosion.

Three detained over decapitation terror attack in France

Three people have been detained after a man was decapitated in a suspected Islamist terrorist attack at a chemical factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon, southeastern France.

Police have detained a woman believed to the suspect's wife. Credit: APTN

The man who was detained was Yassine Salhi, who is in his 30s and from the Lyon suburb of Saint-Priest, a police intelligence official confirmed. Two people were arrested at Salhi's apartment by security officials, with one said to be his wife.

Hollande raises France terror threat level

Francois Hollande has described the murder of a business as cowardly. Credit: PA

President Francois Hollande has raised the security level in France to its highest possible point, following the terror attack near Lyon.

Hollande described the attack as "cowardly" and has promised that thousands of police officers will be deployed across France in order to improve security.

Report: 'Man found beheaded was boss of suspect'

A source close to the investigation has told Reuters that the person who was found beheaded at a chemical factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon, southeastern France was the manager of the man suspected of ramming their delivery vehicle into gas canisters there.

The source told Reuters that the two went together to the company site to make a delivery. The suspect is believed to have killed and decapitated his victim before then driving their vehicle into the premises, the source said.


French PM: Terrorism spares no country

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has spoke of the "blind horror" terrorism has caused across the world on Friday.

"The blind horror and threat of terrorists spares no country. My thoughts are with the victim in Isere and the victims in Tunisia," Valls tweeted.

Terror suspects wife: I thought my heart would stop

A woman claiming to be the wife of terror attack suspect Yacine Sali has told a French radio station she has no idea what has a happened.

Sali was arrested at the scene of the attack in the south of France, much to his wife's surprise.

I have no idea what's happened. Has he been arrested?

He didn't come back between midday and two o'clock, which is when I expect him back. My step sister told me to look at the TV and see the news and she was crying. I thought my heart was going to stop beating.

I know him he is my husband. We have a normal family life. He goes to work and comes home. He doesn't pick up the phone when I call, it goes to the answer machine.

– Wife of Yacine Sali speaking to Europe 1

Prime Minister: Islamist terrorism has hit France again

Manuel Valls is set to return to France. Credit: PA

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has described the attack on an Air Products factory as an act of "Islamist terrorism".

Valls, who is currently in South America, says he will hold an emergency meeting with Francois Hollande before returning to France.

"Islamist terrorism has hit France again," Manuel Valls told a press conference in Bogota, Colombia.

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