THE LATEST: Decapitated head left on gate at French factory


PARIS (AP) – The latest on the attack in southeastern France (all times local):


12:30 p.m.

A security official says a decapitated head was found posted on the gate at the entry to the gas factory that came under attack Friday in southeastern France.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release details to the media, said the torso was found near the site of the explosion but that the victim was not decapitated by the blast.

Two flags, one white and one black and both with Arabic inscriptions, were found at the scene.

The official said police were searching for anyone else possibly involved in the attack. France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has arrived at the scene.

– By Lori Hinnant


11:55 a.m.

French authorities have opened a terrorism investigation after an attack and explosion at a gas factory that left one person decapitated and several wounded.

Banners with Arabic inscriptions were found near the body, an official said.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor swiftly opened an investigation.

Details of the attack were sketchy but two French officials said it began mid-morning in the Isere region when two men crashed a car into the entrance of the factory and into gas canisters, touching off the explosion. One attacker was arrested, they said.


11:30 a.m.

A French security official says an attack and explosion at a gas factory in southeastern France has left one person dead.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she wasn’t authorized to talk to the news media, said the dead person was found decapitated outside the entrance to the factory.

France’s top security official was rushing to the scene. The official said two attackers arrived in a car, bearing banners written in Arabic, and set off an explosion. One of the attackers was arrested.

– By Lori Hinnant

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