With French police on high alert after the last act of terrorism, they raided and arrested three would-be Islamic terrorists, who they found with pipe bombs and homemade weapons, plotting an imminent terrorist attack.
The three suspects were apparently plotting a terrorist attack to take place as soon as possible. Two of the suspects were in arrested Paris, and one in Marseille. BBC News indicates the suspects were arrested “as part of a preliminary investigation started in January on suspicion of leaving for Syria or committing an act in France.
This arrest follows other would-be terrorists. Bomb-squads have been called in all over the city to dismantle the homemade weaponry and pipe bombs. This group of 3 was plotting to use the pipe bombs in high-traffic areas, similar to terrorist attacks in Brussels and were used in the Paris 2015 attacks. Other motives are still being investigated.
Around 250 people have been killed in Islamic terror incidents in France since January 2015.
The BBC also reports:
One source told Reuters news agency that the suspects were arrested “as part of a preliminary investigation started in January on suspicion of leaving for Syria or committing an act in France”.
Another police source quoted in Le Monde said the plot was sufficiently advanced that the French intelligence agency, the DGSI, decided to intervene.
Since the beginning of 2015, at least 230 people have been killed in jihadist attacks in France.
On 10 February, four suspects were arrested in Montpellier preventing what Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said was an “imminent” terror attack on French soil.
Three men and a girl of 16 were found with bomb-making materials by anti-terrorist police in a raid on a flat in the southern city.
The week before a soldier received minor injuries when a machete-wielding man tried to enter the Louvre museum in Paris.
The man, a 29-year-old Egyptian named Abdullah Hamamy, was shot and critically injured.