France arrests five suspects directed by IS in planning attacks

France arrests five suspects directed by IS in planning attacksFive suspects, arrested in France on suspicion of planning attacks on security targets in and around the French capital, were directed remotely by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Paris prosecutor said on Friday, Reuters reports.

Officials said earlier this week that attacks had been planned for December 1 targeting police and intelligence headquarters in Paris as well as the Disneyland Paris theme park.

Speaking at a news conference Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said: "An imminent attack was thwarted."

"A Strasbourg commando team, and also a man arrested in Marseille, were given instructions to acquire arms. The instructions were given by a commander from the Iraqi-Syrian region via encrypted apps," he said.

Hand-written documents pledging allegiance to Islamic State and glorifying martyrdom were found at a house in Strasbourg, eastern France, Molins said.

Two of the five suspects had traveled to the Turkey-Syria border via Cyprus in March 2015, he said. Four of the men are French, while a fifth is Moroccan.
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