Man shot at Orly airport after stealing soldier's gun

18 Mar 2017 | Written by Vaneet Randhawa; Edited by NewsBytes Desk

A man was shot dead after he made an attempt to seize a gun from a soldier at Paris's second largest Orly airport.

The incident sparked evacuation and severe flight disruption and the passengers weren't allowed to disembark.

The attempt was made by the man at the "airport's south terminal after targeting a counter-terror patrol."

Paris is on high-alert post the incident.

In context: Orly airport shooting: Terror-alert after man gets shot

18 Mar 2017Man shot at Orly airport after stealing soldier's gun

18 Mar 2017Orly comes to a standstill

The police authorities evacuated the airport and the security operations to look for more accomplices continued.

France's national police requested the people to not cross the security perimeter.

Bomb squads and armed police were in place checking for explosives.

An announcement was posted on the Paris airports authority website advising passengers not to fly to Orly, with delays and stoppages expected.

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France launches investigation over Orly attack

19 Mar 2017France launches investigation over Orly attack

French authorities have begun anti-terror investigations into the attack at Orly airport, in which officers eventually killed the gunman.

The gunman was identified as Ziyed Ben Belgacem and reportedly threatened a security guard with a gun. He had a criminal history and was allegedly radicalized in prison.

However authorities said they could not find any trace of Islamist sympathies in his house.

20 Mar 2017Orly Airport attacker had consumed drugs, alcohol

A 39-year-old gunman who was killed at Paris' Orly airport had consumed cocaine and cannabis, tests have found. He also had an alcohol level of 0.93g/L of blood.

Ziyed Ben Belgacem, who had earlier been convicted for armed robbery and more, had held a soldier at gunpoint and declared he was "here to die for Allah".