Man Killed at Paris’ Orly Airport Trying to Seize Soldier’s Gun
A man attempting to seize a security patrol soldier’s weapon inside a crowded terminal at Paris’ Orly Airport this morning was shot dead by fellow members of the patrol. There were no other people injured. The attacker, who was known to authorities, earlier in the morning had shot a police officer before stealing a car which he then drove to Orly. An investigation has been launched by France’s anti-terrorism officials.
French 24-hour news channels began and have continued blanket coverage following the incident at 8:30 AM local time. BBC Worldwide and CNN International initially appeared to continue with regular programming before carrying reports as further details emerged.
About 3,000 people were evacuated from the Orly Sud terminal where the shooting occurred. While it is the capital’s 2nd largest, Orly Airport is familiar as a hub connecting Paris to the south of France. Today’s incident comes just two weeks before the annual Mip-TV conference in Cannes, and two months before the Cannes Film Festival.