Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Five Arrested In Anti-terror Operation In France
Five people were arrested on Tuesday in an anti-terrorist operation in France suspected of plotting a violent act, judicial sources said.
Police found two suspects and two machine guns at the home of one suspect, a source close to the investigation said.
The arrests took place near Rouen (north), Roanne (center) and Villeneuve d'Ascq (north).
The anti-terrorism prosecutor's office had opened a preliminary investigation in March after receiving information about the group.
Some of the suspects, several of whom were under 30, were in contact with social networks. Some messages exchanged raised suspicions about a possible violent act, according to one source.
France is on alert after a wave of extremist attacks that have killed more than 230 people in the last two years.
On April 20, three days into the first round of the presidential election, a 39-year-old man killed a police officer with two shots on the famous Champs-Elysées avenue in Paris before he was killed.
The attack was claimed by the Islamic State group (EI).
A few days earlier, two men suspected of plotting an attack were detained in Marseille (southeast)