Tom Batchelor, Express, March 16, 2016
Police in France have arrested four people suspected of planning an imminent terror attack on the streets of Paris.
Local media reported the attack was planned for central Paris. All the suspects had links to radical Islam.
According to TF1, police swooped on the three men and one woman in dawn raids in the eighteenth arrondissement of Paris and in the Seine-Saint-Denis area, in the north of the city.
Police reportedly seized Kalashnikov rounds, a pistol, memory sticks and a safe.
The suspects are said to include two French brothers of Turkish origin, referred to as ‘Aytac and Ercan B.’ as well as ‘Youssef E.’, who TF1 reports is an Islamist well known to counter-terrorist services.
Police arrested Youssef two years ago with two accomplices as they were preparing to leave to wage jihad in Syria, TF1 said.
He was released from the prison in October 2015 and kept under house arrest since February 29, 2016 under France’s new state of emergency, which was brought in in the wake of the November 13 massacre.
His girlfriend was also arrested this morning, the television network reported on its website.
Prosecutors were not immediately available for comment. Police had no immediate comment.
The arrests follow hours after more terror arrests were made in Brussels in relation to last November’s attacks in the French capital, which left 130 dead.
Police in Brussels hunting terror suspects linked to last November’s ISIS massacre in Paris earlier detained two men after a dramatic raid on an apartment in which the Algerian accomplice was killed and four officers were wounded.
Another man was shot dead during the operation in the Belgian capital.