France links beheading, gas plant attack to Islamic State

French investigators have uncovered links between Islamic State militants and the man who hung his employer’s severed head at a gas plant he was attacking, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The man, Yassin Salhi, has said he was acting purely for personal reasons when he beheaded his boss after being reprimanded for dropping

equipment from a pallet, according to his lawyer. But prosecutor Francois Molins said his acts went well beyond a simple workplace dispute. “According to him, his motive was only personal and not terrorist. One does not exclude the other,” Molins said. Molins has requested preliminary terrorism charges to be filed against Salhi and has opened a formal terrorism investigation.



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