Just days after deadly attacks in Brussels, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has announced raids in northwest Paris foiled an imminent terror attack.
According to Cazeneuve's comments Thursday, police had arrested a suspect who was in “the advanced stages” of a plot to stage an attack in France.
BREAKING: Police raids in northwest Paris have just foiled planned terrorist attack, French Interior Minister says.— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2016
Cazeneuve reportedly said raids in the Argenteuil neighbourhood, just 12 kilometres from Paris, had led to a major arrest, however he also told reporters there was “no tangible evidence linking the plot to either the attacks in Paris or Brussels”.
Reports on social media from French journalist Djamel Mazi claimed the suspect had already been arrested and convicted of terrorism abroad and had drafted for an attack in France.
#Argenteuil : Un homme déjà condamné pour terrorisme a l'étranger a été arrêté. Il avait pour projet un attentat en France— Djamel Mazi (@djamel_mazi) March 24, 2016
#BREAKING Six people arrested in Brussels police operations, prosecutors say— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 24, 2016
According to prosecutors, six people have been arrested in Brussels police operations, as investigators continue their manhunt for a second suspect in relation to Tuesday's deadly metro bombing.
MORE: French Interior Minister: French national arrested today led to Paris raids that foiled attack in advanced stage of preparation.— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2016
MORE: French Interior Minister: At this stage there are no links between plan foiled in France today and the attacks in Paris or Brussels.— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2016
French Interior Minister: Individual arrested today was part of terrorist network that planned to strike France. https://t.co/BwHMz56jg6— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2016