Islamists suspected in attack on French gas plant

(REUTERS, I-TELE, BFMTV) – French counter-terrorist forces have been deployed to the plant belonging to Air Products, a U.S.-based industrial gases technology company.

Officials say two assailants had rammed a car into the premises in southeast France, causing an explosion of gas containers.

When responding to the explosion they found a body and decapitated head, which was covered with Arabic writing.

A flag with Islamist inscriptions was also found at the site.

Speaking at an EU Summit in Brussels, French President Francois Hollande said the attack was of “a terrorist nature,” and that emotion must not be the only response.

FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE,

“We need action, prevention, dissuasion and the necessity to uphold values, to never give in to fear, and to rise to every circumstance.”

If confirmed as an Islamist attack, it would be the second such attack in France this year.

Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in January in attacks on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish food store.