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Investigators find weapons stash at Champs-Elysees attacker's home: Source

The revelation of the discovery came after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed dismay that Dzaziri was able to have a gun permit despite being on a jihadist watchlist.

Published: 20th June 2017 04:09 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th June 2017 04:09 PM   |  A+A-

Police attend the scene on Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, France, Monday, June 19, 2017. A man on the radar of French authorities was killed Monday after ramming a car carrying explosives into a police vehicle in the capital's Champs-Elysees shopping district, prompting a fiery blast, officials said. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation. (AP Photo/Matthieu Alexandre)

By AFP

PARIS: Investigators have found a stash of weapons at the home of a man killed while ramming a car loaded with guns and a gas canister into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees, a source close to the probe said today.     

Adam Dzaziri, a 31-year-old who had been on a watchlist for radical Islamists, had at least nine weapons, including two pistols and a Kalashnikov-type assault rifle, the source said.     

The revelation of the discovery came after Prime Minister Edouard Philippe expressed dismay that Dzaziri was able to have a gun permit despite being on a jihadist watchlist.     

"What I know at this stage is that the first weapons permit was given before this individual was flagged up," he said in an interview with BFM television and RMC radio on today.     

He added that "nobody can be satisfied -- and certainly not me" that Dzaziri had still been able to possess dangerous weapons.

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