Police arrest two on suspicion of supplying pellet gun used in Orly airport attack

Police arrest two on suspicion of supplying pellet gun used in Orly airport attack

French police secured the area following the attack

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

French police have arrested two people who are believed to have supplied the pellet gun carried in the Paris Orly airport attack.

The pellet gun was used by Ziyed Ben Belgacem after he tried to take a rifle from a soldier on patrol. The man was then shot dead at the scene.

A judicial source told France Info Radio that the two suspects were found by police after they investigated Belgacem's phone history.

France Info also reported that the two men don't have a "terrorist profile."

Investigators are still looking into whether Belgacem's attack was planned or conducted on impulse, according to France24.

A judicial source confirmed that toxicology tests showed an alcohol level of 0.93 grams per litre in the attacker's blood, as well as the presence of cannabis and cocaine.

On Sunday (March 19) Belgacem’s father claimed the attacker was "not a terrorist" and was instead acting due to the influences of the drugs and alcohol.