- Convicted criminal Ziyed Ben Belgacem, 39, was shot dead at the airport’s south terminal
- Less than two hours earlier he had shot at three police officers after being stopped for speeding
- Authorities believe he was radicalised in prison, and his father and brother have been arrested
- Witnesses recounted hearing ‘four or five’ shots, and the airport was evacuated
- It comes as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit the French capital
A convicted criminal with links to radical Islam sent a text message to his brother and father stating ‘I shot the police’, shortly before he was shot dead during an attack at Paris Orly airport.
The 39-year-old, named locally as career criminal Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was killed after wrestling a soldier’s gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald’s.
Less than two hours earlier he had shot a female police officer in the head in a northern Paris suburb after being stopped for speeding.
The Paris prosecutors’ office said he was suspected of having terror links, and Ben Belgacem’s home was among scores searched in November 2015 following attacks which killed 130 people.