BREAKING NEWS: Man decapitated as severed head is 'covered in Arabic writing' and hung on a fence next to Islamist flag at factory in France after terrorists storm building and set off 'gas bomb' explosions
A man has been decapitated and dozens more injured at a gas product factory in France by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.
The attack took place at the headquarters of Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon, in the south east of the country.
The murder is believed to have been accompanied by several explosions on the site when the terrorists ignited small 'gas bombs', causing injuries to dozens of factory workers.
The murdered man's head is understood to have been found 30 feet away from his body, hanging on the factory's fence. The dead man's head was covered in Arabic 'inscriptions' before being placed on the fence, according to local journalists at the scene.
Local media reported that a 30-year-old man 'known to security services' has already been arrested at the scene, telling police officers that he is a member of the Islamic State terror group.
Witnesses at the scene claimed there more than one man was involved in the attack and that the perpetrators were carrying Islamist flags.
Two men were seen driving into the main gate soon after 10am, before driving around in circles throwing gas cylinders around the main yard. One of the men then jumped out of the car, according to local prosecuting sources, and then 'decapitated a man'.
Before the attack a man was seen driving back and forth outside the factory, according to Dauphiné Libéré.
An Islamic flag – possibly that of Islamic State – was found next to the dead body. The man's head was found some 30 feet from the corpse.
French journalist Stefan Vries told Sky News: 'There was an explosion at a gas factory. Several people were wounded and there has been one person decapitated on the premises.
'His head was found a couple of yards from his body. A man has been arrested. He was allegedly carrying a flag of the Islamic State. Police fear there may be more attacks.'
Within an hour of the attack, French President Francois Hollande was to return home early from an EU summit
'He will return early this afternoon and is in constant contact with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and the security services,' a French government official said, adding that he would make a statement to the press in Brussels before 1100 GMT.
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