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French police arrest 15-year-old suspected of planning terror attack

AFP archive | Soldiers patrol in front of Notre Dame Catherdral in central Paris.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Paris suspected of preparing imminent "violent action", two judicial sources said, the second alleged plot with links to the Islamic State (IS) group discovered in France this week.

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On Sunday September 4, a car loaded with gas cylinders was found near Notre Dame Cathedral alongside jerry cans of diesel, leading to the discovery of a plot to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of the IS group. Seven people, including four women, were arrested.

The boy had been under house arrest since France declared a state emergency after the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris in which IS group militants killed 130 people, two sources said on condition of anonymity. They did not say why he was under house arrest.

His arrest on Saturday came as he was planning an attack in a public place in the French capital, one of the sources said.

The police suspect him of plotting "to attack France in response to calls from Syria", one of the sources said.

Investigators are looking into calls made by a French member of the IS group, Rashid K., for supporters of the group to strike French targets.

French newspaper Le Monde reported that Rachid K. is in Syria. He has used Telegram, the messaging service, to call for more attacks in France.

"Women, sisters, go on, attack. Where are the brothers? ...She brandished a knife and she hit a policeman... Where are the men?" Le Monde quoted him saying on Telegram.
One of the women, arrested on Thursday stabbed a police officer during her arrest on Thursday.

Another of the women, who was arrested with her partner on a motorway on Tuesday, Ornella G., was formally placed under investigation on Saturday in connection with the car found just over a week ago near Notre Dame Cathedral. The man was freed on Saturday.

One of the sources said Rachid K., 29, inspired the two men who carried out an attack in July in a French church during which they slit the throat of the elderly priest.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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