Monday 23 October 2017

Three, including girl, charged with terror offences over thwarted French attack

Three suspects charged over thwarted 'attack' in Montpellier, southern France
Three suspects charged over thwarted 'attack' in Montpellier, southern France

Three suspects in a thwarted attack last week in the southern French city of Montpellier have been handed preliminary terrorism charges, Paris prosecutors said.

Authorities gave only the suspects' first names. A teenage girl, Sara, and a man called Thomas were charged with terrorist association and possessing explosives on Tuesday night. Another man, Malik, was also charged with justifying terrorism.

Last week, anti-terrorism forces uncovered a makeshift laboratory for fabricating a bomb. France's top security official on Friday said the raid thwarted an "imminent attack."

A police official said the teenage girl - among several arrested - had pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group in a recent video.

France is still under a state of emergency after several deadly attacks in 2015 and 2016.

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