A man has been beheaded and at least one other person injured in a suspected Islamist attack on a factory near the French city of Lyon.
It has been reported that a suspected Islamist attacker pinned a decapitated head covered with Arabic writing to the gates of a gas factory in eastern France on Friday before being arrested, police said. France opened a terrorism investigation after the attack.
Police said it was unclear whether the attacker was acting alone, or had accomplices.
“According to the initial findings of the enquiry, one or several individuals on board a vehicle, drove into the factory. An explosion then took place,” said one of the sources.
“The decapitated body of a person was found nearby the factory but we do not yet know whether the body was transported to the place or not,” added this source.
Several small explosive devices were also set off at the Air Products factory in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, sources said.
The alleged attacker is said to have been carrying an Islamist flag, which was found nearby.
A man has been arrested, officials say.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is said to be on his way to the scene.
The attack occurred around 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT), according to local media.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has ordered that security be stepped up at sensitive sites around Lyon.
The attack comes nearly six months after Islamist attacks in and around Paris that killed 17 people.
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