French decapitation victim was suspect's boss

2015-06-26 19:05
Special forces of France's Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) escort an unidentified woman as they leave the building housing the apartment of a man suspected of carrying out an attack in Saint-Priest near Lyon. (Philippe Desmazes, AFP)

Special forces of France's Research and Intervention Brigades (BRI) escort an unidentified woman as they leave the building housing the apartment of a man suspected of carrying out an attack in Saint-Priest near Lyon. (Philippe Desmazes, AFP)

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Saint-Quentin-Fallavier - The man decapitated in an attack on Friday on an industrial gas factory in eastern France was the boss of the suspect now in police custody, legal sources said.

The head of the victim, who ran a delivery service, was found pinned to the gates at the American-owned Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier. It was surrounded by two Islamist flags.

His body was found inside the factory, the site of what French President Francois Hollande called a terrorist attack.

Yassin Salhi, 35, is suspected of driving one of the delivery service's vehicles into the factory grounds during the attack.

Though access to the facility is restricted because it contains dangerous substances, the delivery company had clearance to enter.

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