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French police find explosives in militant Islamist hunt

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French police find explosives in militant Islamist hunt


A cache of weapons and bomb-making equipment has been found by French police investigating suspected Islamic terrorists.

The material was discovered overnight during searches of lock-up garages in Torcy, near Paris. It follows the arrest of a dozen suspects across the country on Saturday.

Detectives say they found a shotgun, a revolver, bags of potassium nitrate, sulphur and a pressure cooker on the premises. All products useful in the manufacture of home-made explosive devices.

Paris prosecutor, Francois Molins, described the find as a worrying development: “This is clearly a dangerous terrorist cell. It remains unclear if those who carried out a grenade attack on a Jewish grocery outside Paris last month are still at large,” he added.

Detectives are sure, however, that the masterminds of the strike in the suburb of Sarcelles are among the dozen people arrested.

The attack was one of several on France’s Jewish community in recent months, which authorities say was orchestrated by Jeremie Louis-Sydney, the alleged ringleader who was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire at his home in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

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