'I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths': Chilling final words of Paris airport attacker who shot at cops before he was killed as Kate and William met French terror victims

Convicted criminal Ziyed Ben Belgacem, 39, was shot dead at the airport's south terminal.Less than two hours earlier he had shot at three police officers after being stopped for speeding.Authorities believe he was radicalised in prison, and his father and brother have been arrested.A convicted criminal with links to radical Islam shouted 'I am here to die for Allah, there will be deaths' seconds before he was shot dead during an attack at Paris Orly airport.

The 39-year-old, named locally as career criminal Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was killed after wrestling a soldier's gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald's.

He sent a text message to his brother and father stating 'I shot the police', shortly before he was killed.

Revealing his chilling final words, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said an anti-terrorist enquiry had been launched.
The 39-year-old, named locally as career criminal Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was killed after wrestling a soldier's gun from her and fleeing into a McDonald's

The man opened fire on three police officers in Stains, in the north of Paris, at 6.55am. He fled in a Renault Clio, which was found in Vitry-sur-Seine, where a woman's car was stolen at gunpoint. He was shot dead after grabbing a soldier's gun at Orly airport at 8.30am

The man opened fire on three police officers in Stains, in the north of Paris, at 6.55am. He fled in a Renault Clio, which was found in Vitry-sur-Seine, where a woman's car was stolen at gunpoint. He was shot dead after grabbing a soldier's gun at Orly airport at 8.30am

Cocaine was found in the dead man's flat, and Mr Molins said there had been fears about the 'extremely violent' Ben Belgacem's mental health.

Less than two hours before he was killed, he had shot a female police officer in the head in a northern Paris suburb after being stopped for speeding.

The Paris prosecutors' office said he was suspected of having terror links, and Ben Belgacem's home was among scores searched in November 2015 following attacks which killed 130 people.

The wanted man's father and brother turned themselves in at a police station after receiving the message, according to French TV network BFM. They have been taken into custody, and a home is being searched, officials have confirmed.

WHAT HAPPENED IN PARIS THIS MORNING?

French authorities have established a rudimentary timeline for the attack on Saturday at Orly Airport:

6.55am - The suspected attacker fires birdshot at police officers, wounding one in the face, when stopped for a traffic check. He flees, using a weapon to threaten a motorist and steal her car, which was later found at Orly Airport.

8.30am - The man assaults a patrol of three soldiers, all from the French air force. He wrestles one soldier, a woman, to the ground, and tries to take her weapon.

Ben Belgacem was stopped by police in the suburb of Stains, close to his home, at around 6.55am.

The 39-year-old, who was driving a Renault Clio, pulled out a shotgun and fired at the officers while he was fetching his ID.

He sped off, and the car was found abandoned 11 miles away at Vitry, south of Paris.

He then hijacked a woman's Citroen Picasso at gunpoint, and this second car was later found parked at the airport.

Today's incidents come as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Paris, where they have met with victims of terrorism. They were around 10 miles from the airport when the shooting happened.

Ben Belgacem had previously been jailed for drug trafficking and authorities believe he was radicalised in prison.

He first came to police notice in the late 1990s, when he was involved in a series of bank robberies in the Paris suburb.

Police sources said Ben Belgacem was close to his family, and was staying with them at their flat on a council estate in Garges-lès-Gonesse, where he was first stopped this morning.

The family are French and come from a Tunisian background. He was armed with a shotgun when he opened fire on police. He sped away in a Renault Clio, which was later found in Vitry, in the south of the city, containing a bloody t-shirt.

Here he hijacked a woman's car at gunpoint and drove to the airport

A source said: 'The Clio was found abandoned some thirty kilometres away with the man's identity papers and a bloodied T shirt. The man had hijacked a Citroen Picasso and made for Orly.'

Checks soon revealed that Ben Belgacem was subject to a 'File J' - meaning he was wanted by the judicial authorities but was not under surveillance.

His family are from the Val d’Oise department north of Paris.

French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said the man shot dead at the airport is the same as the one who 'is linked with car hijacking' earlier.

Ben Belgacem had previously served time in prison for armed robbery and drug trafficking, and had been radicalized in prison, Le Parisien reports.

Anti-terror police stormed the airport searching for possible accomplices and explosives, and authorities warned the public to stay away.

Flights from the south terminal have been suspended, but airport officials confirmed this afternoon that the west terminal is operational again.

Passengers landing at Orly were kept on planes while the anti-terror operation was carried out.

A spokesman for the military force that patrols public sites in France says the soldier attacked at Orly Airport was 'shocked' but uninjured after the 'very violent aggression'.

The airport was evacuated after the shooting, which happened at 8.30am today, less than two hours after the 39-year-old man had fired at three police officers on the opposite side of the city
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The airport was evacuated after the shooting, which happened at 8.30am today, less than two hours after the 39-year-old man had fired at three police officers on the opposite side of the city

Explosives experts are searching the airport for bombs amid fears the man may have had an accomplice
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Explosives experts are searching the airport for bombs amid fears the man may have had an accomplice

Three police officers were shot at in the Paris suburb of Stains 90 minutes before the airport shooting
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Three police officers were shot at in the Paris suburb of Stains 90 minutes before the airport shooting

A witness identified only as Dominque told French TV network BFMTV: 'The soldiers took aim at the man, who in turn pointed the gun he had seized at the two soldiers.'

This account was contradicted by French defense minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, who said the attacker wrestled the soldier to the floor, but she was able to keep hold of her weapon.

The minister says the two other patrolmen opened fire 'to protect her' and the public in the airport.

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