French interior minister says airport assailant known to police

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The identity of the man, shot dead after trying to seize a weapon from a soldier at Orly Airport Saturday morning, was known to police and intelligence services, French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said.

At about 8:30 a.m. local time (0730 GMT), the man seized a weapon from a solider of Sentinelle operation at Orly south terminal, but he didn’t succeed and was neutralized, the minister said at the airport south of the French capital.

It was believed that at about 6:55 a.m.(05:55 GMT), the man shot at three police agents when they were trying to control his car near Stains, north of the Paris region, before fleeing.

He had been seen later at Vitry-sur-Seine, southeastern suburbs of Paris, for car-jacking before leaving to Orly airport.

The man has assaulted one of the Sentinelle soldiers, French Defense Minister Jean-Yve le Drian said.

About 3,000 passengers were evacuated from Orly south terminal. Air traffic was suspended at Orly south and west terminals. No explosive was found during clearance operation.

No one else was injured in the case. France’s anti-terror authorities are investigating the case. Enditem

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