Adam Dzaziri was a French terrorist who died in a June 2017 suicide attack at the world-famous Champs-Elysées in Paris.
Nobody else was injured in the attack which saw him ram police with an explosives-laden car, which then caught fire. The police van he hit was packed with cops, who tried to save their would-be killer by smashing the car's windows and dragging Dzairi out. He had guns and a gas bottle inside his white Renault Megane when he targetted the lead van in a police convoy.
Dzaziri owned a total of nine weapons and had a valid gun permit despite being on a counterterror watchlist. The 31-year-old had a hardline Salafi Islamic ideology and was added to the list in 2015 due to ties to radicalism. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe noted that removing his gun permit could have jeapordised investigations since a terrorist would immediately know why the permit was revoked, but nonetheless expressed concerns this dangerous man held weapons lawfully. He came from Parisian suburb Argenteuil, and had no criminal record.
The attack came just months after Karim Cheurfi attacked police on the Champs-Elysées and was shot dead.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Paris Champs-Elysées attacker had gun permit despite being on terror watchlist - The Telegraph
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Paris attacker had gun license, trove of weapons despite making French terror watchlist - NY Daily News
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Weapons stash found at Champs-Elysees attacker's home - Emirates 24/7