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Man arrested in connection with Paris attacks

Dominique Faget / AFP | A policeman stands outside the Bataclan concert venue, one of the scenes of November's terrorist attacks in Paris that left 130 dead

A 29-year-old man was arrested in the Paris region on Tuesday as part of the investigation into the November 13 attacks on the city that left 130 dead, a judicial source said.


The man, suspected of being involved on the “fringes” of the attacks claimed by the Islamic State group, was arrested at his home in Villiers-sur-Marne in the eastern suburbs of the French capital, a source close to the investigation told Reuters.

A vast police investigation has seen 2,700 raids conducted since the attacks, with 360 people placed under house arrest across France.

Two men are already in custody, accused of providing accommodation to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected ringleader who was killed in a major police raid in northern Paris five days after the attacks.

Eight men have been arrested in Belgium, where the attacks are thought to have been organised, and one man has been detained in Turkey on suspicion of scouting the concert hall, bars and restaurants where the attacks took place.

Six counter-terrorism judges are overseeing the investigation -- an unprecedented number for France.

But three of the nine attackers have yet to be identified, including two of the three suicide bombers who blew themselves up outside the Stade de France stadium, who appear to have used fake passports to sneak into Europe posing as refugees.

The other unidentified man is thought to have taken part in the gun attacks on the terraces of restaurants and bistros and died alongside Abaaoud in the shootout with police on November 18.

Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French citizen thought to have played a key logistical role, is still on the run and subject to an international arrest warrant.

More than 600 French in Syria, Iraq

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a total of 334 people had been arrested since the attacks, of whom 287 were held for questioning, and that over 400 weapons had been seized.

Some 1,800 French citizens have been linked to jihadist networks, the minister said, including more than 600 who were currently in Syria and Iraq, while 144 had died in fighting there.

He said 250 had returned to France, while around 500 were "preparing to leave" and the rest were already in transit.

Separately, two people were also being questioned on Tuesday in relation to the attacks in January on the French capital that targeted Charlie Hebdo magazine, police and a Jewish supermarket.

One of them, 52-year-old Claude Hermant, was said by prosecutors to have links to far-right groups.

Investigators believe an assault rifle and four Tokarev pistols found in the arsenal of Amédy Coulibaly, the jihadist who killed four people at the Hyper Cacher supermarket, may have been sourced from Hermant.

He was charged with arms trafficking earlier this year.


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