Police Detains French Student Targeting Two Churches

Police Detains French Student Targeting Two Churches
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A 24-year-old French student named Sid Ahmed Ghlam was detained by the police. The computer science student’s plan to target churches was revealed when he shot himself on the leg after mishandling a weapon and calling for emergency service.


He has been detained and is being treated for his injury.

Ghlam’s plan was unveiled when police followed a blood trail to his car, where police discovered shocking evidence.

Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told the reporters, “His home was searched which led to the discovery of three Kalashnikov assault rifles, an empty charger, three empty cartridge belts, bullet proof vests, and tactical body armour, police armbands, yellow police tunics, a camcorder and a camera, a computer and a hard drive, 2,000 euros in cash and telephone hardware, SIM cards, and documents in Arabic mentioning the terrorist organisations al Qaeda and Islamic State.”

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It is strongly assumed that the convict was behind the murder of a 32-year-old woman in Villejuif, a Paris suburb. The victim, Aurelie Chatelain, was a fitness expert and a mother of a five-year-old girl.

Ghlam was on the wanted list when he reportedly tried to flee to Syria.

“He had been noticed wishing to go to Syria,” Molins said. The prosecutor added there is no evidence that could justify that the French student is a terrorist. He is now under observation.

“(He) let them believe that he was the victim,” French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday, as quoted by CNN. “But police understood that there was an investigation that needed to be initiated.”