Friday, January 28, 2005

International News Article |

Islamists Arrested in Paris Planned France Attacks

Fri Jan 28, 2005 2:48 PM ET

By Thierry Leveque

PARIS (Reuters) - Suspected Islamists arrested by secret service agents in Paris this week were plotting terrorist attacks on French and foreign targets in the country, the Paris public prosecutor's office said on Friday. Anti-terrorism magistrates are to prosecute three of the 11 people detained in a series of swoops in a northern district of the French capital on Monday and Tuesday, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The others have been released or will be shortly.

'This network is suspected of drawing up plans for attacks in France against French and foreign interests,' said the prosecutor's office in a statement. It did not elaborate.

The prosecutor's office confirmed two people had been charged with association with criminals engaged in a terrorist enterprise. They were to be remanded in custody later on Friday.

A third was to be questioned on Saturday by the anti-terrorism judges leading the investigation, Jean-Louis Bruguiere and Jean-Francois Richard.

Intelligence services believe the trio were part of an 'Iraq network' recruiting guerrillas to fight U.S.-led forces. Officials said the network had now been dismantled.

Anti-terrorism experts fear Iraq, like Afghanistan in the 1980s, will attract Islamic militants bent on resorting to political violence once they return home.


1 comment:

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