Terrorism In France: Paris Attack Prevented With Arrests From Anti-Terror Raids In Strasbourg And Marseille
The following is an excerpt from JULIANA ROSE PIGNATARO | November 21, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
French authorities prevented a major terrorist attack when they arrested seven people Sunday who were suspected of planning an "enormous" act of terror. Seven men, aged 29 to 37, were arrested in Strasbourg and Marseille while antiterrorism raids were being conducted by officers from the General Directorate for Internal Security and the Research, Assistance, Intervention and Deterrence unit, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
“France has never faced such a [terrorist] threat before,” said Cazeneuve. The men were French, Moroccan and Nigerian and six of the seven were unknown to authorities, according to Cazeneuve. Most were arrested in Marseille, where a large Christmas market will open this week. The mayor of Strasbourg said the plot was centered on Paris, according to France24.
“An attack has been foiled,” said Cazeneuve. “The scale of the terrorist threat is enormous and it is not possible to ensure zero risk despite everything we are doing.”
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