Alleged French Terrorist Accidentally Shoots Self, Foils Own Attack Plans

| by Michael Allen

Sid Ahmed Ghlam, a 24-year-old IT student who was allegedly planning terrorist attacks on churches, accidentally shot himself on April 19 in Paris, France, say authorities.

Ghlam called for medical help for a bullet wound to his leg, but local police followed a trail of blood to his car where they found weapons, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on April 22, notes AFP.

Cazeneuve claimed, "weapons, hand guns, ammunition, bullet-proof vests and computer and telephone hardware" were found in the car and in Ghlam's apartment, along with papers mentioning Al-Qaida and Islamic State group.

Cazeneuve added that authorities also found plans "clearly establishing that the person was planning to commit an imminent attack against one or two churches."

Ghlam's DNA was reportedly found in the vehicle of Aurelie Chatelain, a woman who was fatally shot over the weekend in Villejuif, the same town where the alleged targeted churches sit.

Ghlam claimed he was a victim of an attempted robbery, but authorities believe he accidentally shot himself, reported The

Three months ago there was a deadly Islamic terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris.

Sources: AFP,
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