ISIS Terrorists bomb American owned company in France and cut off a man’s head

Man decapitated as severed head is 'covered in Arabic writing' and hung on a fence next to Islamist flag at factory in France after terrorists storm building and set off 'gas bomb' explosions

A man has been decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.The attack took place at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon, in the south east of the country.

The murder is believed to have been accompanied by several explosions on the site cause by a terrorist igniting small ‘gas bombs’ that injured dozens of factory workers. It is believed the explosions may have intended to blow up the entire factory site but failed.

The murdered man’s head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory’s fence. The dead man’s head was covered in Arabic ‘inscriptions’ before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene.

A 30-year-old man named by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as Yacine Salhi who is understood to have been known to security services since at least 2006 has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group. The man is believed not to have a criminal record but was considered to have ‘possibly been radicalised’.Local media reported that a second person has since been arrested in relation to the attack believed to be the man who drove the Ford Fusion car around the factory moments before the attack took place.

Witnesses at the scene claimed there more than one man was involved in the attack and that the perpetrators were carrying Islamist flags.

Two men were seen driving into the main gate soon after 10am, before driving around in circles throwing gas cylinders around the main yard. One of the men then jumped out of the car, according to local prosecuting sources, and then ‘decapitated a man’.

Before the attack a man was seen driving back and forth outside the factory, according to Dauphiné Libéré.An Islamic flag possibly that of Islamic State was found next to the dead body. The man’s head was found some 30 feet from the corpse.

French journalist Stefan Vries told Sky News: ‘There was an explosion at a gas factory. Several people were wounded and there has been one person decapitated on the premises.’His head was found a couple of yards from his body. A man has been arrested. He was allegedly carrying a flag of the Islamic State. Police fear there may be more attacks.’

At a press conference this afternoon, Cazeneuve named the arrested man as Yacine Salhi. The spelling of the suspect’s surname has also been reported as Sahi or Sali.

‘He was investigated in 2006 for radicalisation, but (the probe) was not renewed in 2008. He had no criminal record,’ he added. ‘This individual has links with the Salafist movement, but had not been identified as having participated in activities of a terrorist nature.’

Cazeneuve also confirmed that several people close to the attacker have also been arrested. These are presumed to be Salhi’s family members.There remains a great deal of confusion over the exact sequence of events at the factory.Some witnesses have claimed that the dead man may have been decapitated by one of the ‘gas bomb’ explosions, with the perpetrators taking advance of the shocking nature of his death to chilling effect writing Islamist slogans on his severed head before hanging it on the fence.

Others have claimed that Salhi may have carried out the entire attack on his own, driving an already dead and decapitated man to the factory site, which may have led some witnesses to believe there may have been more than one attacker.

However local newspaper Dauphine Libere is reporting that a second person has now been arrested, believed to be the man who drove the Ford Fusion ‘preview’ car around the factory this morning before the attack.

Investigators are working to establish the full details of the attack but is widely thought that the explosions were intended to have a far bigger impact than causing several dozen injuries, and may have been intended to blow up the entire Air Products headquarters.

Salhi had a ‘link’ to Salafist movement, Cazeneuve said but was not implicated in any terrorist activities. The Salafi movement is a group within Sunni Islam, which is often associated with literalist approaches to Islam.

He said a ‘fiche S’ was opened on the attacker in 2006 for radicalisation. A ‘fiche S’ for which the S stands for ‘Sûreté d’etat’ basically means he had been identified as a possible danger and should be watched.

The file was not renewed in 2008, however, meaning authorities no longer considered him a risk. Cazeneuve also said the man named as Yacine Sali (spelling unconfirmed) had no criminal record. French interior minister named the attacker as Yacine Sahi (unconfirmed spelling) who is believed to be father of three children.

He was known for links to extremism but not identified as a high risk who would carry out an attack, says Cazeneuve.The president of Air Products an American owned company that is understood to have recently signed a large contract with Saudi Arabia is an Iranian Shia Muslim named Seifi Ghasemi.

Iran is known to support the regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria the sworn enemy of the Islamic State terror group.Within an hour of the attack, French President Francois Hollande was to return home early from an EU summit.Speaking at a press conference in Brussels shortly afterwards, Hollande said a man who launched a ‘terrorist’ assault on a gas factory Friday has been identified and that there may have been a second attacker. Local media reported that a second terrorist has since been arrested.

‘This attack was in a vehicle driven by one person, perhaps accompanied by another,’ Hollande added. ‘The individual suspected of committing this attack has been arrested and identified.’French Prime Minister Manuel Valls ordered heightened security measures Friday at ‘sensitive sites’ near the gas factory that was attacked in eastern France.

Valls, who is on an official trip to South America, asked Cazeneuve to head to Saint-Quentin Fallavier, the site of the attack, the premier’s entourage said.

The Mayor of Bordeaux, Alain Juppé, took to Twitter to condemn the attacks.’The terrorist threat is at a maximum’, he wrote, adding that France ‘must make every effort to protect its citizens’.

British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his sympathies over the incident to French President Francois Hollande.The two leaders spoke in Brussels, where they are attending a European Council summit.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said: ‘He expressed his sympathies for what looks like an appalling incident.’Details are still emerging, so we wait to see those. But it clearly looks an extremely concerning situation and our thoughts are with all those affected by it.’France has been on its highest security alert ever since the Paris attacks and according to the Dauphiné Libéré, an internal security services source said that ‘all the signals in recent weeks have been pointing to red for an attack of this nature occurring in the national territory.’

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20 Responses to ISIS Terrorists bomb American owned company in France and cut off a man’s head

  1. Gerald Muise June 26, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    My impression at this point is that there’s just so many expressing jihadist and ISIS views that it’s impossible to keep them all under surveillance.

    A year ago it was reported 700 from France had joined ISIS. Actually travelling down there is a huge step the majority would not take. So if there’s 10 or 30 (just to pick some not completely unrealistic numbers) expressing agreement with ISIS for each who actually travels down, that’s 7000 to 20000 they should have under semi-constant surveillance.

    The resources don’t exist for that, so they just go in a database.

    • Robert June 26, 2015 at 7:50 pm

      I feel I should add that whilst the Mongols were the definitive end of the golden age the decline started long before that. The Mongols were more the final nail in the coffin.

      A lot of the golden age can be attributed to the school of thought of the Mu’Tazila. It was a school that called for rationalism, reason and, sometimes, even secularism. Often in much the same way as the European renaissance called for the same. Today it is often used in much the same was as the term “heretic” is in the Christian world.

      The crusades damaged them and they started to gain distrust. Corruption, instability, assassinations and loss of favour with the Caliphate all lead to them declining in numbers until the last of them were mostly located in Baghdad.

      • Tom June 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        They defended Baghdad with 50000 soldiers. Against 200 000 mongolians. I guessed as much that their power was already waning.

        • Robert June 26, 2015 at 7:51 pm

          Fair enough! Just wanted to point out the existence of the Mu’Tazila, mostly. I just find it rather sad that it’s used as a derogatory to mean heretic nowadays.

  2. Tom June 26, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you for mentioning that. I actually remember a bit about that from islamic studies… or whatever I was studying back then. I can’t handle someone talking for 40 minutes… I get claustrophobic. I did like it though 🙂

  3. Dylan June 26, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t understand why we allow people to activity go and fight for a foreign army or area to come back. If you want to fight for ISIS, Ukraine or any other area with war where you do not officially represent your country. You are not welcome back and you are no longer a citizen.

    • Terence Jones June 26, 2015 at 7:55 pm

      I have to say, I strongly disagree with you here. A large part of the resistance movements against Nazi occupation during World War II, were made up of veterans from the Spanish civil war. They had served the international corps that supported the republican side, despite not being send there by their countries. In Denmark and Norway, many resistance fighters were veterans of the Winter War and fought against USSR when they invaded Finland. They weren’t send there by their governments either.
      Going futher back Garibaldi fought for several south american countries, before returning home to found a united and constitutional Italy.

      And Tadeusz Kościuszko fought for American independence from britain before he returned to poland where he served in the army and later led a rebellion against the russian occupation.
      My point is that a lot of the people that we consider national heroes today, did exactly what you just described. They went to another country in order to fight for their ideals, rarther than just their contry.

      So no I don’t think there is anything inherently wrong fighting for your ideals. The real question here is what exactly your ideals are and whether they involve slaughtering large amounts of civilians.

      • The Truth June 26, 2015 at 7:56 pm

        Just to shift perspective a little bit: In every example you mentioned, these people did not leave their country to join a side which was actively against their home country. Indeed, in the Winter War, it was likely believed that Finland would not be the end of Russia’s advance into the Nordic countries. In the Spanish Civil war, depending on who you read, there were a lot of emotional angles involved.
        Still, none of your four examples joined a military actively listing their home country/returned to as an enemy or target. This is a very, very key principle, I think. ISIS means to undo Europe as it exists today. They have been explicit on that matter. If you leave to join ISIS, that means that you have willingly aligned yourself with a group who has made no small number of threats against your homeland and whom you know very much intends to conquer your homeland should they win.
        That is not nearly the same as assisting one side or another in the Spanish Civil War (arguably the most divisive example listed) as the Nationalists and Republicans both simply had different ideas about how Spain ought to be run. The atrocities committed along the way were unacceptable, but they were localized and there was never an intention for Spain to attack an outside sovereign power.

  4. Reid June 26, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    France has always been quite vocal in its supporting of the air strikes against IS in the middle east, even contributing money and having their own military presence.

    In addition, France made a big effort to ban religious clothing like the burqa etc and there are a lot of extremists who didn’t really like that.

    • Sarah June 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      You know they banned burqas in stores etc not because they are religious clothing but essentially a face mask. You can’t walk to store/bank face masked, religious clothing or not.

      • The Truth June 26, 2015 at 8:04 pm

        Actually, to be honest with you, burqas are unnecessary ‘inventions’ made up by cultures. There is no part in the koran that states women have to wear a burqa. These are inventions of societies. In chapter 24, verse 30, it states “Say to the believing women that: they should cast down their glances and guard their private parts (without chaste.)” You could argue by saying the next part says …”…and they should place their khumur over their bosoms…” where ‘khumar’ means cover or veil, however, it says over their bosoms or breasts, and so it is not obligatory in any way to have to wear hijab or burqa. It is mentioned that women should wear ‘Jalabib’ which translates to ‘loose clothing’ in order to hide her private areas. However, it is not said that you must wear a burqa or hijab in your lifetime to do this. I have friends who do not wear hijab but obviously still follow this rule by wearing long t shirts and jeans, or skirts. And being modest doesn’t mean just throwing a burqa on one’s head. It means to be modest as a person, in the sense that you are kind, open minded, sensible and considerate. A lot of people don’t realize how other cultures interpret this meaning. And because of the misbalance and twisted view of men overpowering women, where they should obey their husbands almost to the point of worship (common in a few) enforces the curbed thinking for women/girls. They are taught these things from childhood, and that wearing a burqa makes you somehow closer to God. But it is not true at all. Not all, but quite a few (especially illiterate) middle eastern families haven’t actually sat down and read or understand the koran before, they just follow the opinion (and often made-up extra bits) regarding religion that their culture has decided for them. The first step to getting rid of the issue is to spread knowledge, not ignorance, and disconnect culture from religion.

        • Shar June 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

          I see women wearing burqas and skin-tight clothing (both top and bottom). When I see that, I can’t help but believe they are wearing the burqa for attention — to show off their religion — as opposed to for an actual religious reason.

          • filmcostar June 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

            That makes sense, with christian groups you get people who claim to be more christian than others based on how often they go to church or how they behave, odds are these people are breaking every rule of their religion behind closed doors or when nobody who knows them is around.

          • The Truth June 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

            I suppose it because you can’t see skin-tight-clothing top and bottom. Only a few cultures among Islamic cultures actively enforce burqas, in most of them the hiyab is the prefered mode to cover your hair, and in a lot of them it’s wore voluntarily (Tunisia as someone mentioned, for example).
            There are women, specially in these more progresist countries, that wear hiyabs as a sign of cultural identity, as Christians wear cruxes, virgins medallions, etc., jews have the kippah and pastafaris have our strainers. And we do it not because we are very religious, but because of our local history or culture, which in most cases is associated with religion. I think it’s not fair to asume someone is wearing something like that for attention. Hell, she might just like the look of it.

  5. Sam June 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    There is more countries with a muslim majority that bans the burqa than there is countries with a mandatory burqa.

    • Suzie June 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      Thank you, I couldn’t have said it any better my self. I just wish many people (Muslims especially) realize this. I’m not a fan of the hijab (I’m a Muslim my self) and I loath the burqa. I feel that most women who put on the burqa are forced to do it, and if it’s forced, it’s useless imo.

      • Shar June 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

        Women covering their hair is in the old testiment. Doesn’t Islam use the old testament as part of its story? It is possible that people are using that as their interpretation. That bit is often used to make women cover their hair in orthodox Jewish groups and certain very conservative Christian groups like the Amish. Some Catholic churches ask that women cover their hair in the churches for this reason too.

  6. Destiny Amberst June 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    France is on the first front line in the War on Terror in Africa. Except for Afghanistan, it is the only country sending ground troops against Islamist organizations, such as AQMI (Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb). It’s also a great place where to recruit since there’s a large Muslim community.

  7. Daniel Blaney June 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    France is probably the most “aggressive” european country when it comes to enforcing their interests abroad. That sort of thing breeds enemies. Also they have a very high muslim population, so when we assume 99.9% of those people are just like you and me but there is that 00.1% of nutjobs, then naturally france also has a higher amount of those.

  8. Radebe June 27, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Something is really wrong in this World and we really need to find a solution to this madness soon because it does not make sense why its happening?Maybe Jesus is about to come back!!Thats the only explanation which makes sense to me


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