Sunday 28 May 2017

Main suspect in beheading of French businessman took 'selfie' with victim

French Gendarmes are seen at work next to a black plastic sheet (unseen) outside a gas company site at the industrial area of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, France, June 26, 2015.
REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
French Gendarmes are seen at work next to a black plastic sheet (unseen) outside a gas company site at the industrial area of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, France, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
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The main suspect in the beheading of a French businessman took a "selfie" photo with the victim and sent the image to at least one recipient, officials said.

Authorities are working to confirm the identity of the recipient, but were not able to immediately confirm media reports that it was sent to an unspecified person in Syria, two French officials said.

Police officers investigate at a plant where an attack took place, Friday, June 26, 2015 in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeast of Lyon, France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Police officers investigate at a plant where an attack took place, Friday, June 26, 2015 in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeast of Lyon, France. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
A police officer blocks the road leading to a plant where an attack took place, Friday, June 26, 2015 in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, southeast of Lyon, France. A man with suspected ties to French Islamic radicals rammed a car Friday into an American gas factory in southeastern France, triggering an explosion that injured two people, officials said. The severed head of a local businessman was left hanging at the factory's entrance, along with banners with Arabic inscriptions, they said. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
French Gendarmes remove a black plastic sheet outside the Air Products gas factory site at the industrial area of Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, France, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

On Friday, key suspect Yassine Salhi allegedly crashed a truck into a US-owned chemical warehouse and hung his employer's severed head on a factory gate in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier - in what authorities are calling a terror attack.

He was arrested and remained in police custody on Saturday.

Authorities noted the similarity to tactics used by Islamic State, though no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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