France: Beheading, blast rock Air Products facility

27 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Four Arrested in French Terror Attack, Paris Prosecutor Says.

Four people have been arrested in connection with the terror attack Friday on an Air Products & Chemicals Inc. gas plant near Lyon in southeastern France in which one person was decapitated and two were injured.The French factory stormed Friday in what France’s president called a terror attack is owned by Air Products and Chemicals, an American industrial gas manufacturer.

A suspect, identified as Yassin Salhi, his wife, sister and another person are being questioned, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said at a press conference. The attacker beheaded the man and posted the severed head on a fence at the factory’s entrance with two flags carrying inscriptions in Arabic, before driving into the plant at high speed and ramming into gas cannisters. “The attack is terrorist in nature when you have a decapitated body with inscriptions,” President Francois Hollande said earlier Friday. “There’s no doubt that the intention was to cause an explosion.” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who visited the site of the attack, said the suspect arrested had been under surveillance from 2006 to 2008 because of links to Salafist movements, although he didn’t have a criminal record. It extracts gases, such as oxygen and nitrogen, from the atmosphere that are used in a wide range of industries – from steel factories to hospitals.

The company did not say whether the people injured or the person killed were employees of the company, but Air Products did say that all of its employees had been evacuated and were accounted for. The assault came after 17 people were killed at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery in Paris in January by a radicalized trio, catapulting France’s capital onto the front pages of newspapers around the world. Situated in an industrial zone outside the French town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, the site produces gas used by industry and hospitals, according to a website dedicated to local industries. It is one of roughly 120 Fortune 500 companies that still offers a defined benefit pension plan, and it has consistently raised its dividend in each of the past 25 years.

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