Major Terror Attack ‘Thwarted in France’

French Anti-terror and regular police stand guard during an operation
French Anti-terror and regular police stand guard during an operation (Photo: MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/AFP/Getty Images)

A major terror attack was thwarted in France after arrests were made in a series of raids in France. The raids are still in process.

At present, nine suspects have been taken for questioning from the greater Paris region of the Ile-de-France and the Provence-Alpes-Cotes d’Azur region in the country’s southeast.

According to news reports, the suspects ranged in age from 18 to 65. Two of the suspects are brothers known to have been radicalized. The arrests were made by France’s elite counter-terror police.

Concurrently, an arrest was made of a tenth suspect in Switzerland, whom authorities believe was previously in contact with a 14-year-old French boy who was arrested last June as he was “about to carry out the attack,” according to sources quoted by the AFP.

The arrested are believed to have been preparing to carry out a terror attack. Investigators intercepted messages from the suspects on the encrypted messaging app Telegram, on which the man from Switzerland was particularly active.

The attack was reported planned for the city of Nice, the site of an attack on Bastille Day in 2016 that left 86 people dead and 458 wounded when a terrorist drove a truck into a crowd celebrating the national holiday. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack.

One of those just arrested was a 23-year-old Colombian woman; two were known to have ties to ISIS.

 

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