France arrests three suspected terrorists

French police nab three men suspected of planning a terror attack.

Ben Ariel ,

French Police France
French Police France
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French police on Tuesday arrested three men suspected of planning a terror attack in raids in the Paris area, Marseille and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand, AFP reported.

In Clermont-Ferrand, a bomb-disposal operation was called in to sweep the home of a 37-year-old suspect for explosives, a source told the news agency.

“The suspects had a plot that was sufficiently advanced for the police to decide to arrest them,” another source said.

The raids were ordered by anti-terrorism prosecutors in Paris, according to a judicial source.

France has been rocked by a wave of deadly jihadist attacks which began on January 2015, and remains on high alert.

Earlier this month, French police nabbed four members of an alleged terror cell believed to have been planning a suicide bombing in Paris.

The arrests included a 16-year old girl in Montpellier, who was arrested by a special anti-terror unit.

On February 3, a 29-year-old Egyptian armed with machetes attacked four soldiers on patrol outside the Louvre museum, crying “Allahu Akbar”.

He was shot and seriously injured by one of the soldiers.

Last November, police foiled a terror attack when they arrested seven men and seized weapons in raids in the cities of Strasbourg and Marseille.

Subsequent reports revealed that five of the men who were nabbed were directed from the Islamic State (ISIS) group's heartland.

France's state of emergency gives security forces enhanced powers of surveillance and arrest.