France attack: ‘Man decapitated’ near Lyon

A man has been decapitated and several others injured at a factory in France in what President Francois Hollande has called a terrorist attack.

Two men drove into the Air Products gas factory factory near Lyon, officials said, before several explosions were heard.
One of the suspects, a 30-year-old who was known to police, has been arrested.

The dead man was found with Arabic inscriptions on him and an Islamist flag was found near the site.

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At a press conference from Brussels, Mr Holland confirmed that two attackers had targeted the chemicals factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, crashing into it in a car.

“We have no doubt that the attack was to explode the building. The attack bears the hallmarks of a terrorist attack,” he said.

Referring to terror attacks in Paris in January, he said: “We all remember what happened before in our country. There is therefore a lot.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has arrived at the scene, and Mr Hollande said he will leave the EU summit in Brussels this afternoon and return to France.

The attack occurred around 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT), according to local media.

According to French regional newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, a man was seen driving back and forth in front of the target building earlier this morning.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ordered that security be stepped up at sensitive sites around Lyon.

Alain Juppe, the mayor of Bordeaux, took to Twitter to condemn the attack.

“The terrorist threat is at a maximum,” he said, adding that France “must make every effort to protect its citizens”.

The attack comes nearly six months after Islamist attacks in and around Paris that killed 17 people.

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