Paris airport attacker had 'drugs and alcohol' in his blood, post-mortem reveals

  • Paris airport attacker had 'drugs and alcohol' in his blood, post-mortem reveals

Paris airport attacker had 'drugs and alcohol' in his blood, post-mortem reveals

The attack forced both of the airport's terminals to shut down and evacuate, sent passengers and workers fleeing in panic and trapped hundreds of others aboard flights that had just landed. "In any case, there will be deaths". They struggled over her weapon, the prosecutor said.

"The man grabbed a gun from a soldier on patrol in the south terminal at Orly".

A total of 178 departures and arrivals were canceled out of 476 scheduled flights, and 34 flights were rerouted to other airports, according to airport authorities.

Travel for about 2,000 people had been severely disrupted, the president of Paris Airports, Augustin de Romanet, told CNN. By Sunday afternoon, air traffic had returned to normal completely.

In fact, the initial reports that are emerging suggest that the presence of soldiers armed with assault rifles in public places across France rather encouraged Belgacem to act aggressively-seeking out a confrontation with soldiers in order to end his own life.

Along with his father and brother, a cousin of the attacker has now been detained, Molins told a media conference.

Molins said that Ben Belgacem, who had a string of theft and drug-related convictions, had been radicalised in prison. He had been in prison a total of four times, including several months previous year, and was subject to a "control judiciare, " meaning he was barred from leaving the country.

Before the attack at the airport, Belgacem had opened fire on a police officer at a checkpoint in the northern Paris suburb of Garges-les-Gonesse and had later stolen a auto. The man had earlier fled the suburb of Stains on Saturday in a auto stolen from a woman at gunpoint after opening fire on officers, injuring one, during an identity check.

"He called me at seven, eight in the morning and said, 'There you go, Papa.' He was extremely angry, even his mother couldn't understand him", the man identified as the father said on Europe 1.

Ramata Dieng, whose brother Dieng died of asphyxiation during a 2007 arrest where police harshly restrained him and held him against the floor, said: "We demand that police not be above the law".

Molins said it was a terrorist attack, according to indications: "The first is of course the choice of the target". He hailed the "professionalism and courage" of the soldiers at the airport.

France's government has repeatedly extended a state of emergency following a series of bombings and shootings in November 2015 during which 130 people were killed.

Willsher is a special correspondent.

The man was on a watch-list of radicalized individuals and had been involved in a shooting hours earlier in the north of Paris, the BBC reported.