CCTV footage has emerged showing the terrifying moment a suspected Islamic extremist grabbed a female soldier from behind at Paris’ Orly airport before wrestling her gun from her.
Security footage of Saturday’s attack shows the man grabbing the soldier around the shoulders after dropping a shopping bag, as her companion patrols slightly ahead.
The attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was shot dead within three minutes during the ensuing standoff with the companion and another soldier, the Daily Mail reports.
The incident caused panic and shut down the French capital’s second-biggest airport.
The footage, obtained by AP, shows the a 39-year-old Frenchman trying to wrestle away the first soldier’s gun, but he was killed before he could fire the weapon.
Although Ben Belgacem held on to the soldier for an extended period of time, it took a few minutes for other airport goers to notice what was happening.
View the footage on the NZ Herald website here