Five suspects were being held in France in connection with an “operational” improvised explosive device found in an upscale neighborhood in an apartment on the outskirts of Paris.
French sources say the main suspect is connected to radical Islamists and is known to intelligence authorities.
According to reports, the device consisted of two cylinders of gas soaked in petrol. The bomb was linked to a cell phone, which was assumed to be “a device to ignite” the improvised explosive. Two more cylinders were also found outside the building.
Although there was no one living in the apartment block where the device was placed, the building is close to the Parc des Princes, where the Paris football team PSG play their home games.
Commenting on the incident, France’s Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the purpose might have been simply to sow fear in the population. “Blowing up a building in a chic neighborhood shows that no one is safe…it shows that it could happen anywhere in France,” he added.
On October 1, two people were killed in a stabbing attack in Marseilles by an assailant reportedly shouting “Allahu akbar [God is greatest]!”