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French police arrest suspected suppliers of gun used in Paris Orly airport attack

© Thomas, Samson, AFP | RAID police unit officers investigate at the house of the suspect of an attack at the Paris Orly's airport, on March 18, 2017 in Garges-les-Gonesse.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-03-21

French police arrested on Tuesday two individuals suspected of supplying the pellet gun used by Ziyed Ben Belgacem, the man who was shot dead at Paris's Orly airport after trying to grab the rifle of a soldier on patrol.

The two men suspected of supplying the pellet gun to Ziyed Ben Belgacem have been identified after an investigation into the attacker’s phone communications, a judicial source told FranceInfo radio.

The suspects, two men aged 30 and 43, don’t have a “terrorist profile”, adds FranceInfo.

French investigators are trying to establish whether Ben Belgacem had planned the attack at the capital's second-busiest airport or acted on impulse.

Ben Belgacem’s father insisted on Sunday the assailant was "not a terrorist" and was acting under the influence of drink and drugs.

A judicial source confirmed that "toxicology tests carried out on Sunday showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in his blood, and the presence of cannabis and cocaine".

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2017-03-21

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