Don't miss




Pope Francis calls on Kenyan leaders for transparency

Read more


Media purchasing amateur footage of Paris attacks causes controversy

Read more


The hunt for Paris attackers: What are the missing links? (part two)

Read more


The man who radically changed millions of children's lives

Read more


How did Spain recover from the 2004 terror attacks?

Read more


Film show: Terrorism on screen in France and beyond

Read more


After the Paris attacks: All behind the president?

Read more


How does the Islamic State group make its money?

Read more


'The Turkish missile crisis'

Read more


Three French nationals accused of plotting terror attack

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-03-11

Three suspected Islamist militants who were detained last week in southern France appeared to be preparing an attack in the coming days, the Paris prosecutor said Monday. Police found explosives and weapons at the home of one of the suspects.

Three suspected Islamist militants arrested in southern France appeared to be planning an attack in the days ahead, the Paris prosecutor said on Monday, the anniversary of an al Qaeda-inspired shooting that rocked France.

Police found weapons and explosives at the home of one of the suspects in the town of Marignane, near Marseille, and intercepted communications between the men suggested they were close to going into action, prosecutor Francois Molins said.

The three men, who were taken in for questioning last week with a fourth man who was later released, were to be placed under formal investigation later on Monday.

“The investigation showed we were faced with a veritable laboratory for making improvised explosive devices and, even if we had no evidence of a precise plan, the messages exchanged by the participants suggested the timetable could be accelerated,” Molins told reporters.

The timing of the arrests was poignant, coming exactly a year after 23-year-old gunman Mohamed Merah began a rampage that killed three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers in the southern city of Toulouse. He was subsequently tracked down and killed in a shootout with police.

Speaking as Defence Minister Le Drian led a memorial ceremony in Toulouse for Merah’s first victim and posthumously awarded him the prestigious “Legion d’Honneur” medal, Molins said the arrested men, in their 20s, wanted to emulate Merah.

“It was clear they were training themselves in making explosives based on a jihadist radicalisation, a glorification of Mohamed Merah, and an affirmed desire to go into action.”

France, which centralises its terror investigations in Paris, is on high alert for any home-grown militant activity since its military intervention against Islamist fighters in Mali in January prompted threats of retaliatory action.


Date created : 2013-03-11


    Tough questions linger a year after Toulouse killings

    Read more

  • MALI

    French citizen among jihadists captured in Mali

    Read more


    French mother in court for son Jihad's 'bomb' shirt

    Read more