Her husband has done Ramadan in a grand fashion this year. In any case, her statement is refreshing: apparently the journos found her before the local imam could be found to say that he knew Salhi only slightly, and that the killer never came to the mosque and wasn’t a good Muslim. “Yassin Salhi: Everything we know about the suspected Grenoble attacker,” by Raziye Akkoc, James Rothwell and Henry Samuel, Telegraph, June 26, 2015 (thanks to John):
The suspect arrested in connection with the attack on a factory in south-eastern France has been named as Yassin Salhi.
On Friday morning, a car – that he is believed to have been in – drove into the Air Product factory’s main gate and reportedly threw gas canisters, causing explosions.
During the attack, two people were injured and a decapitated body was found nearby. The head is reported to have been put on the fence outside the factory.
What do we know about Yassin Salhi?
Yassin Salhi, aged 35, had previously been investigated in 2006 for radicalisation and links to the Salafist movement, Bernard Cazeneuve, the interior minister, said.
“He was investigated in 2006 for radicalisation, but [the investigation] was not renewed in 2008. He had no criminal record,” Mr Cazeneuve said.
Mr Cazeneuve, speaking from the scene in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Grenoble and Lyon, said Salhi was not known to be involved in previous terror attacks.
Salafism is an extremist, puritanical form of Sunni Islam often described as a mix of Saudi Arabian Wahhabism with later fundamentalist influences.
The suspect was put on a police watch list for possible radicalisation in 2006 because he attended a “very radical” mosque and prayer centres in Lyon, Roland Jacquard, of the International Observatory of terrorism, told France 24.
One prayer centre he attended in particular was known for its links to an unnamed terrorist group at the time, he said.
However, in 2008, he fell “completely off the radar”.
According to French media reports, Sali lived in the suburb of Saint Priest in Lyon. He was arrested by a fireman after the attack who, according to Le Figaro, was reportedly injured.
Europe 1 has spoken to a woman who claims she is his wife. “I have no idea what’s happened, has he been arrested?” she told the radio station.
She said her husband worked as a delivery driver.
“He went to work this morning at 7am. He does deliveries. He didn’t come back between midday and two o’clock, which is when I expect him back. My step-sister told me to look at the TV and see the news and she was crying.
“I thought my heart was going to stop beating,” she asks.
“I know my husband. We have a normal family life. He goes to work and comes home. He doesn’t pick up the phone when I call, it goes to the answer machine,” she added.
“We are normal Muslims. We do Ramadan. We have three children and a normal family life,” says the wife of the suspect….