Tuesday 12 December 2017

Five held and weapons seized in French anti-terror raids

Prosecutors said the suspects were arrested in operations in three areas (AP)
Prosecutors said the suspects were arrested in operations in three areas (AP)

Five men have been detained and weapons seized in anti-terrorist operations across France, five days ahead of a tense presidential run-off.

The suspects are aged between 18 and 24.

The Paris prosecutor's office said they were picked up in operations on Tuesday at three locations - near the Normandy city of Rouen, in Villeneuve d'Ascq near Lille in northern France, and in Roanne, central France.

The Paris prosecutor oversees anti-terrorism investigations.

It is not clear whether the arrests had any link to the presidential campaign. The run-off is on Sunday.

An attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed a police officer in Paris two weeks ago, and France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

Press Association

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