Sunday 18 February 2018

Terror charges for three suspects - including teenage girl - after foiled attack in Montpellier

A journalist films the debris of an explosion in front of an apartment building after a raid by French police in Clapiers, near Montpellier, southern France, yesterday. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier
A journalist films the debris of an explosion in front of an apartment building after a raid by French police in Clapiers, near Montpellier, southern France, yesterday. Photo: Jean-Paul Pelissier
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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.

Press Association

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