AP Exclusive: Orly video shows attacker rushing soldier

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  • In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, center left, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with two other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem remains on the ground, top left, after being shot by a soldier, as another soldier, who was previously held by him, second right, crawls away at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, bottom left, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, center top, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind as another soldier, bottom center, arrives at the scene at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, two soldiers take aim at suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, top left, as he holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem, was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with the other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

  • In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, center left, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with two other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem remains on the ground, top left, after being shot by a soldier, as another soldier, who was previously held by him, second right, crawls away at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, bottom left, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, center top, holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind as another soldier, bottom center, arrives at the scene at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

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    In this image taken from video of CCTV footage provided to AP on the condition that its source not be revealed, two soldiers take aim at suspected Islamic extremist Ziyed Ben Belgacem, top left, as he holds a soldier after grabbing her from behind at Parisí Orly airport, Saturday, March 18, 2017. The Associated Press has obtained security footage of the Saturday attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capitalís second-biggest airport. Belgacem, was shot dead within three minutes during a standoff with the other soldiers. (CCTV via Mobile Phone via AP)

PARIS (AP) ó Video of a suspected Islamic extremist at Paris' Orly airport shows a soldier caught by surprise when an attacker drops a shopping bag and grabs her from behind.

The Associated Press has obtained security footage of Saturday's attack, which caused panic and shut down the French capital's second-biggest airport. It shows the attacker grabbing the soldier around the shoulders as her companion patrols slightly ahead.

He has dropped his shopping bag, which authorities said contained a flask of gasoline. Holding a revolver loaded with birdshot, he pulls her backward.

For a few moments, almost no one reacts. One passenger rolls a suitcase past the hostage soldier and the second soldier continues on his way. Then, suddenly, people start backing away in a mass as the attacker pulls his hostage toward them.

Yelling that he wanted to kill and die for Allah, according to the Paris prosecutor, Ziyed Ben Belgacem can be seeing trying to wrestle away the soldier's assault rifle near the small cluster of people.

The video shows Belgacem using her as a shield after he apparently manages to get control of the weapon, but he exposes himself by standing up, giving her comrades a clear shot. The hostage soldier crawls away on her hands and knees.

The entire episode took less than three minutes. No one at the airport was injured.

Earlier Saturday, a police officer was shot in the face with birdshot when officers stopped Belgacem for a traffic violation.

Authorities say Belgacem, a 39-year-old Frenchman, had a long criminal record of drug and robbery offenses.

Autopsy toxicology tests found traces of cocaine and cannabis in Belgacem's blood, according to the Paris prosecutors' office. He also had 0.93 grams of alcohol per liter of blood when he died Saturday, the prosecutors' office said. That is nearly twice the legal limit for driving in France.

In an interview Sunday with French radio Europe 1, a man identified as the suspect's father said that Belgacem wasn't a practicing Muslim and drank alcohol.

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John Leicester contributed to this report.

   

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