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France arrests 5 terror suspects

11-11-2010 09:32 BJT

Four men and one woman have been arrested in Paris. They're suspected of conspiring to launch a terrorist attack in France.

The country has been on heightened alert over the last two months, when European and US intelligence services warned that Islamic militants were planning an attack on French soil. Soldiers now routinely patrol train stations, airports, and other public places. This action is part of the so-called "Vigipirate Plan" to deter assaults. The nation's Interior Minister says one of the suspects was prepared to die in the operation, and at least one detainee has been to Afghanistan.

He said, "The message, therefore, is clear ... Faced with a terrorist menace, we're doing everything to protect the French people from potential attacks by a handful of fanatics. So I'm saying to you. I'm confirming ... The current threat is high, our action is perfectly coordinated, and the security forces are completely mobilized."

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV

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