Terror Plot Foiled in France

Accused described as "extremist"

From the  BBC:

French police have arrested a man suspected of planning an attack on “one or two churches”, the country’s interior minister has  said.

The man, a 24-year-old Algerian national, was detained on Sunday in Paris after he apparently shot himself by accident and called an  ambulance.

He is also being questioned over the murder of a woman on  Sunday.

France has stepped up security in the wake of recent attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices and a Jewish  supermarket.

The man was known to security services as having expressed a wish to travel to Syria, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve  said.

When police arrived at the scene on Sunday, they followed a trail of blood to the suspect’s car, where they found weapons and notes on potential  targets.

The documents established “beyond doubt that the individual was planning an imminent attack, probably on one or two churches,” said Mr  Cazeneuve.

“Several war weapons, hand guns, ammunition [and] bullet-proof vests,” were found in his car and home, the minister  added.

The authorities have carried out security checks on the suspect twice in recent years but did not uncover anything to justify further  investigation.

Victim

It is not known yet what link the man has to the murdered woman, Aurelie Chatelain, who was found… (read  more)

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