The interior minister announced a series of arrests in Strasbourg and Marseille to individuals who were planning the attacks of a complexity comparable to those of November 2015.
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These are planned attacks of a magnitude and complexity of the potentially comparable to those of the November 13, 2015, at Paris, a year ago, which were halted by the wave of arrests carried out in Strasbourg and Marseille, in the night of Saturday 19 November and Sunday 20 November, a-t-on learned from sources close to the investigation this Monday, November 21. A series of arrests announced in person by the minister of the interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, and that is in addition to the twenty attacks ” thwarted “ since the beginning of the year 2016, according to the Place Beauvau.
The attacks considered, suspect the investigators, were of attacks of type ” simultaneous “, and they were, according to our information, the Paris and Marseille – but not Strasbourg. Seven people in total were arrested in the context of this vast operation conducted by the Directorate general of internal security (ISB). Among them, there was no record for ” radicalisation “, but three had criminal records for cases of common law (both in Strasbourg, in Marseille), and both are ” returnees “, or of young people which it has been established that they had done a stay in Syria. But these would not have been spotted in their back and forth by the intelligence services.
the special feature of The survey is its difficulty, its duration, and the use assumed in the service’s interdepartmental technical assistance (SIAT), which manages undercover agents. It is thanks to officers in contact with individuals who were ready to pass the act, that the project of multiple attacks was, in part, could be put to evil, according to our information. A ” trapped “ has been tense, trying to draw them into a false arms cache. The four men arrested in Strasbourg are two French people, a Franco-Tunisian and Franco-Moroccan. The three people of Marseille are a Afghan 29-year-old, a Moroccan 36-year-old who had no place of residence in France, and a third man, whose age and nationality were not disclosed.
Among the arrested in Strasbourg, there was an employee at a primary school in the city. This is his home that were found two automatic pistols. According to our information, his date of hiring dates back to before the beginning of the investigation. During the searches conducted in Strasbourg, the documentation is very explicit, ” in favour of the martyr-the call to commit terrorist acts ” has been found, said a source close to the investigation.
A part of the discovery network in June
Two preliminary investigations can be distinguished that have in any case been open to these arrests. The one on Strasbourg was opened on 14 November, to Marseille, three days later, on 17 November.
all of these arrests is the result of investigations which were started in the month of February and had led to a first series of five arrests in June, a few days after the start of the Euro football and in the aftermath of the killing of a policeman and his companion in Magnanville (Yvelines). At the time, we had only been able to establish that the individuals concerned were many ready-to-use disorders, and that they were in a relationship with a sponsor that is installed in Syria. These five men were from Seine-Saint-Denis, Val-de-Marne and Paris. Three were released without charges, but two of them have been indicted and placed in detention : a 38-year-old native of Moselle, and another of 40 years, a Franco-Malian born in Paris. Investigations are still in progress, but this first wave would correspond to the “financial” project of attack finally “beat” this weekend.
The arrests were carried out during the weekend of November were, on the other hand, according to the latest developments of the investigation, rather the “operational” and the men who would have been able to pass the act. The dismantling alleged, in June, of a part of the network had not hindered their determination. All are currently in custody in the premises of the ISB in Nanterre (Hauts-de-Seine). Despite the rise of jihad ” low cost “, as has been the case, the 26 July, with the attack of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray (Seine-Maritime), these arrests show that networks are highly structured are still dormant in France.