Man decapitated in terror attack at French gas factory

France 24
June 26,2014
One person has been killed and several injured in an attack on a factory near Grenoble in southeast France. According to local reports, an Islamist flag has been found at the site.

AFP / Philippe Desmazes | French police secure the entrance of the Air Products company in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, central eastern France, on June 26, 2015
AFP / Philippe Desmazes | French police secure the entrance of the Air Products company in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, central eastern France, on June 26, 2015

Here are the main developments so far:

    .According to regional daily Le Dauphiné Libéré, the attacker entered the factory, owned by US company Air Products in the town of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, claiming he belonged to the Islamic State (IS) group.
    .The man opened gas bottles and set off an explosion. The newspaper also states that one victim was decapitated and several others injured, although there was uncertainty about how the man was decapitated and where.
    .Police said the decapitated head was found at the site, along with a flag bearing Islamist inscriptions. Le Dauphiné Libéré said the head was also covered in Arabic writing.
    .A man thought to be the person who carried out the attack has been arrested and identified.
    Police said it was unclear whether the attacker was acting alone, or had accomplices.
    .French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ordered tightened security measures on all “sensitive sites” in the region.
    .French President François Hollande is cutting short a meeting in Brussels to return to Paris, where he expected to arrive by early afternoon.

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