Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24-year-old French Algerian MUSLIM, was arrested in Paris as he prepared to attack a series of churches – having already murdered a fitness instructor.
Telegraph An Islamic extremist was arrested in France on Wednesday charged with murdering a fitness instructor and planning to carry out a terror attack on at least one Paris church later the same day. The 24-year-old French-Algerian’s plans were exposed purely by chance on Sunday morning after he called an ambulance over a bullet injury to his leg.
The man, named by French press as Sid Ahmed Ghlam, said he had been involved in “a settling of scores”. But when police traced the blood back to his car, they found a large arsenal of loaded guns detailed plans to attack a Sunday morning congregation.
Ghlam was also responsible for the murder of Aurélie Châtelain a 33-year-old fitness instructor, who was found in her car on Sunday morning, having been shot three times in the shoulder.
“Documents were also found and they prove, without any ambiguity, that the individual was preparing an imminent attack, in all probability, against one or two churches,” said Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister..
DNA at the scene connected Ghlam to Miss Châtelain, said Mr Cazeneuve. In the man’s apartment, in southeastern Paris, more weapons were found as well as material linked to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremists.