Four arrested as suicide bombing plot foiled in France

Four arrested as suicide bombing plot foiled in FranceFrench police on Friday detained four members of an alleged terror cell in and around Montpellier, southern France, on suspicion of planning a terrorist attack in Paris.

Those in custody included a 22 year-old man and his 16 year-old girlfriend, both known to authorities for connections with radical Islam, after authorities found TATP explosives and other bomb-making materials in his home.

Reports suggest the girl had made jihadist declarations online.

The terrorists were preparing an explosive belt and planned on targeting one of Paris’ many tourist sites for a suicide bombing. Early reports suggested that one of the Montpellier detainees was a would-be suicide attacker.

France remains on high alert over possible Islamist militant attacks. More than 230 people have died in a series of assaults since the beginning of 2015 and the country has been under state of emergency rules since November the same year.
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