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Suspect in France gas plant attack confesses, report says

June 27:

Paris (dpa) - The man suspected of beheading his employer and attacking a gas plant in south-eastern France has confessed, AFP news agency reported Sunday, citing sources close to the investigation.

Yassin Salhi, 35, admitted to decapitating his boss and placing the head on a fence at the plant belonging to US chemicals company Air Products in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near Lyon, on Friday.

Salhi, a deliveryman for the company, then rammed his car into gas canisters on the site, causing an explosion. French authorities called it a "terrorist" attack.

AFP reported that Salhi took a selfie with the severed heard and sent the photo via the WhatsApp messaging service to Canada.

Canadian authorities are checking to see who the recipient was, AFP cited Public Safety Canada as saying. The number may only be a forwarding one.

It is not yet clear if the victim's head was removed after his death. A post-mortem examination found strangulation marks on the neck.

A fireman overpowered Salhi at the industrial gas plant after Friday's attack.

Salhi was known to French authorities and had a police file opened on him in 2006 for suspected ties to radical Islamism, but the case was dropped in 2008.

The father of three, who does not have a criminal record, is being questioned by police along with his wife and sister.

Source: www.dpa-international.com/news/international/suspect-in-france-gas-plant-attack-confesses-report-says-a-45748550.html?

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