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Terror suspect who beheaded boss found dead in his cell

Yassin Salhi after his arrest in June
Yassin Salhi after his arrest in June

A French terror suspect who carried out a brutal beheading of his boss in June has been found hanged in his cell in a Paris prison.

Yassin Salhi horrified the world when he attacked and killed his employer, Herve Cornara, in Isere, France in June.

Salhi cut off his boss' head and stuck it on a fence outside the offices where he worked, displaying Islamic flags alongside it.

The 35-year-old then tried to blow up a US owned factory nearby.

Salhi was apprehended by authorities at the factory and he was in custody in Fleury-Merogis prison, south of Paris.

Last night he was found dead in his cell after he took his own life using bedsheets tied to the bars of his cell, according to prison authorities.

The married father of three was in solitary confinement but he was not thought to be a suicide risk.

Salhi denied there was a religious motive for the brutal murder but he was facing terror charges in the French courts.