Four suspects were arrested Friday morning near the Montpelier region in Southern France that included a 16-year-old girl known locally as Sara, along with her 20-year-old boyfriend and two other men.
The attempted terror attack has been terminated by the arrest of the group, which is suspected of having ties to ISIS and was caught manufacturing explosives for an alleged suicide bombing.
During a search of their home, police uncovered 71g of Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), a powerful chemical explosive widely used in the past by ISIS. This same chemical, a volatile explosive known by many as the ‘mother of Satan,’ was previously used in the Paris and Brussels attacks, as well as the 2005 London bombings.
‘Sara’ was using online media and social networks to pledge loyalty to ISIS and express her desire to journey to Syria or Iraq. She had posted a video online on Wednesday.
Thankfully, one of her jihadi ‘mentors’ was working for France’s domestic intelligence agency, the DGSI, and that connection prompted the early morning raid on her home.
The French Prime Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve praised the work of the investigative team, saying: “Faced with the heightened threat, there has been an extremely strong mobilization of our intelligence services to ensure the French are protected to the utmost.”
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