Paris Terror Plot Foiled as Police Arrest Four People in Raid

  • Intelligence services suspect four posed imminent threat
  • Police finds ammunition but no weapons during searches

French authorities said they foiled a possible terror plot with the arrest of three men and a woman in the Paris area a day after a counter-terrorism raid in Brussels left one gunman dead and several police officers injured.

The arrests came Wednesday in the 18th arrondissement in the north of the French capital and in the suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, according to a judicial spokeswoman who asked not to be identified in line with government policy. French officials suspect the four posed an imminent threat and at least one may have been planning an attack in Paris, she said. French television TF1 reported the information earlier.

The investigation led by French intelligence services focuses on a known Islamist militant convicted two years ago after being prevented from traveling to Syria in 2012. His female partner was also arrested, along with two Turkish brothers.

French authorities are questioning the four and examining seized computers. While no weapons were discovered, ammunition for a Kalashnikov rifle was found on site, she said.

The counter-terrorism raids in Paris and Brussels follow from the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital. The terror threat in France has been rising since Islamic radicals murdered journalists at magazine Charlie Hebdo and Jewish customers at a kosher supermarket in January of last year.

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