French special Police forces escort a woman and a child from a residential building during a raid in Saint-Priest, near Lyon, France, June 26, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Foudrot
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Yassin Sahli was named as the chief suspect by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve in a brief statement at the site of the attack in the town of Saint-Quentin Fallavier, 30 km south of Lyon.While that status allowed security forces to discreetly keep tabs on him, they did not see fit to renew it in 2008, although he was known to have contact with radical Islamists in France.However, he was back on the radar of the DGSI domestic security service for at least the past two years and he was described in 2013 as a "hard-core Muslim" in one intelligence memo, according to RTL radio.Sahli had been living in Saint-Priest for around six months.
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