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French police foil Paris church attacks

 

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve

(AA) – French police have foiled a planned terror attack on churches in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.

A 24-year-old male IT student was arrested on Sunday in possession of “several military weapons,” Cazeneuve told a press briefing in Paris. He said the attacks would have targeted “one or two churches.”

“On Sunday morning in the 13th arrondissement of Paris the police discovered an arsenal in his car and at his home composed of several military weapons,” the minister said, referring to a district on the Left Bank of the Seine.

Cazeneuve said the suspect was known to the intelligence services after he made enquiries about travelling to Syria and was placed under surveillance last year.

The man is also a suspect in the killing a young female fitness instructor in the southern suburb of Villejuif on Sunday.

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