A theme park and a top police location were two targets mentioned in an ISIS terror plot in France that was foiled this weekend after French police detained seven suspects.
The seven suspects were French, Moroccan and Afghan, between the ages of 29 and 38, and were detained in Strasbourg and Marseille during raids conducted over the weekend.
During the raids police uncovered three automatic pistols, 9mm magazines, documents pledging allegiance to Islamic State, a few phones and SIM cards, as well as a password for the encrypted messaging app Telegram.
“Yesterday, a terrorist act on our soil that was being prepared for a long time was foiled thanks to the work of the DGSI,” France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday. “The scale of the terrorist threat is enormous and it is not possible to ensure zero risk despite everything we are doing.”
Yassine B., one of the suspects arrested in Strasborg, worked at a primary school in the city.
“I am shocked and I’m having difficulty believing it. He was such a smiley, sociable person who was always very attentive with the children,” one mother told Liberation.
“He seemed like a normal man. I don’t blame the school, he’s someone I would have hired myself.”
According to Express UK, the public prosecutor in Paris has now launched an investigation to establish the suspects’ roles and how advanced the group were in the planning stages of the foiled attacks.
Some of the suspects are known to have taken trips to Syria in recent years, and two have already been released.
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