Date
19 October 2017
French security forces arrested four people this week for planning an attack on military sites, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Photo: Reuters
French security forces arrested four people this week for planning an attack on military sites, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said. Photo: Reuters

France says it foiled jihadist attack on military sites

The French government said on Wednesday that security forces prevented an attack on military installations by arresting four people whose leader had links to jailed jihadists, Reuters reported.

The arrests were made at dawn on Monday, the day before Bastille Day, France’s national public holiday, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was quoted as saying.

“At the (Bastille Day) ceremony, the President reminded us that every week we prevent… terrorist acts,” Cazeneuve said. “That was once again the case this week.”

The four people arrested were aged between 16 and 23. They were detained in different places around France, the minister said. 

Cazeneuve said the leader of the group was known to have wanted to go and fight in Syria. 

He said security forces had now identified 1,850 people normally resident in France who were known to be involved in jihadist networks.

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