Monday 20 November 2017

Lorries of firm in Syria civil war row may have been targeted in 'arson bid'

Archive picture of French police
Archive picture of French police

Paris investigators are probing a possible attempt to blow up cement lorries belonging to a company suspected of striking deals with Islamic State group extremists in Syria.

A police official said six containers of petrol and an apparent detonator were found on Thursday under vehicles at a LafargeHolcim cement site in northeast Paris.

No one has been arrested, nothing exploded and no one was hurt, officials said.

The Paris prosecutor's office has opened a criminal investigation into an alleged attempt to set a destructive fire, according to a judicial official.

The case has not been handed to counter-terrorism authorities.

It is unclear whether there is any link to an ongoing investigation into LafargeHolcim's activities in Syria during its civil war.

Swiss-French LafargeHolcim would not comment.

AP

Press Association

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