Video: New footage released of the chilling moment suspected Islamic extremist grabs soldier from behind at Orly airport

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Associated Press

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.

Ziyed Ben Belgacem was shot dead by another soldier within minutes of Sunday's attack.
Source: Associated Press

The Associated Press has obtained footage of the Sunday 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.

The attacker, Ziyed Ben Belgacem, was shot dead within three minutes during a stand-off with the companion and another soldier.

The footage shows Belgacem, who had a pellet gun, trying to wrestle away the first soldier's gun, but he was killed before he could fire the weapon.

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

A police officer was shot in the face with when officers stopped Belgacem for a traffic violation earlier on Sunday.

No one else was injured.

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