Small-time drug dealer had been on authorities’ radar for several years as a possible future Islamist radical

The gunman who police say killed three people in south-west France on Friday before being shot dead was a 25-year-old small-time drug dealer with a history of minor crimes. But Radouane Lakdim, understood to have been a French citizen born in Morocco, eventually drew deeper scrutiny by investigators worried he was at risk of Islamist radicalisation.

In the summer of 2014 Lakdim, who lived in Carcassonne, was put on a watchlist of people considered possible extremists. “He was added to the list because of his radicalisation and his links with the Salafist movement” of ultra-conservative Islamism, said Francois Molins, France’s top anti-terror prosecutor.

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