Arrested Islamists Suspected of Planning Attack in France
Paris prosecutor says three men in their 20s ‘were training themselves in making explosives based on jihadist radicalization, glorification of terrorist who murdered four Jews at Toulouse school
Three suspected Islamist terrorists arrested in southern France appeared to be planning an attack in the days ahead of the anniversary of an al-Qaeda-inspired shooting that rocked France, the Paris prosecutor said on Monday.
Police found weapons and explosives at the home of one of the suspects in the town of Marignane, near Marseille, and intercepted communications between the men suggested they were close to going into action, prosecutor Francois Molins said.
The three men, who were taken in for questioning last week with a fourth man who was later released, were to be placed under formal investigation later on Monday.
“The investigation showed we were faced with a veritable laboratory for making improvised explosive devices and, even if we had no evidence of a precise plan, the messages exchanged by the participants suggested the timetable could be accelerated,” Molins told reporters.