Soldiers at Paris’ busy Orly Airport shot and killed a man who wrestled one of their colleagues to the ground and tried to steal her rifle Saturday, officials said.
No one else was hurt, but thousands of travelers were evacuated and at least 15 flights were diverted to the city’s other airport, Charles de Gaulle.
Naturally, French police did not immediately provide a motive for the attack. The Paris prosecutor’s office said its anti-terrorism division was handling the investigation and had taken the attacker’s father and brother into custody for questioning.
That points the finger at Islam.
The attack further rattled France, which remains under a state of emergency after attacks over the past two years that have killed 235 people.
In the earlier incident, the Paris police office said, a man shot at officers during a traffic stop, wounding one in the face. He then fled and stole the woman’s car after threatening her with a weapon. That car was later found near Orly.
The soldier who was attacked is part of the Sentinelle special force installed around France to protect sensitive sites after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks. The force includes 7,500 soldiers, half deployed in the Paris region and half in the provinces.
Saturday was at least the fourth time that Sentinelle soldiers have been targeted since the force was created.
The shooting comes after a similar incident last month at the Louvre Museum in which an Islamic attacked soldiers guarding the site and was shot and wounded. It also comes just days before the first anniversary of attacks on the Brussels airport and subway that killed 32 people and wounded hundreds of others.
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