French Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says church attack foiled in Paris
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, left, and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve, leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after a cabinet meeting, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (Source: AP)
A man allegedly planning an attack on “one or two churches” has been arrested in Paris, France’s interior minister announced on Thursday, adding the IT student was also allegedly behind the mysterious murder of a woman near the French capital.
The 24-year-old, who was detained on Sunday, was known to intelligence services for wanting to go to Syria to fight with jihadists.
“Several war weapons, hand guns, ammunition, bullet-proof vests and computer and telephone hardware” were found at his home and in his car, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
The arrest comes more than three months after Islamic extremists went on a three-day killing spree in and around Paris, leaving 17 people dead.
The January 7-9 attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine, a policewoman and a Jewish supermarket sent shockwaves around the world, and prompted several reforms in France including controversial new spy laws that are currently being debated in parliament.
Cazeneuve told reporters that apart from the weapons, police had also discovered detailed research “clearly establishing that the person was planning to commit an imminent attack against one or two churches”.
“Sunday morning, this attack was foiled.”
The suspect’s alleged link to the mysterious murder of Aurelie Chatelain, an unemployed dance enthusiast, was not clear.
Her body was discovered on Sunday in her car in Villejuif, a town close to Paris. She had been shot three times.
The 32-year-old mother had just come to the area from northern France to take a pilates training course and had written of how happy she was to be there on her Facebook page on Saturday evening.
Some nine hours later, her body was discovered by passers-by as smoke poured out of the car from an overheating laptop.
The car was parked in a turn in the road, on a hill, in front of another vehicle in a calm residential road.
Source:: Indian Express