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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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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.

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