French police given more time to question man suspected of planning a terror attack

French police given more time to question man suspected of planning a terror attack
By Catherine Hardy with AFP, Reuters
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French police have been given more time to question a 34-year-old man suspected of planning a terrorist attack in France.

Reda Kriket was arrested during a raid on an apartment on the outskirts of Paris last Thursday.

Weapons and explosives were reportedly found at another address in the city.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said an attack had been foiled but so far, nothing links Kriket to last November’s attacks in Paris or those of last week in Brussels.

Rotterdam

Dutch anti-terrorism police have arrested a 32-year-old man in Rotterdam, also on suspicion of preparing an attack on France.

Officials say the suspect, a French national, will be extradited to France as soon as possible.

Police are searching two addresses in western Rotterdam associated with the man. People living nearby have been evacuated from their buildings as a precautionary measure.

Three other people have been detained.

Two are described as being aged 43 and 47 and “having an Algerian background”, prosecutors say. The third has not yet been identified.

“French authorities on Friday requested the arrest of the French citizen, who had been identified in a terrorism investigation,” – statement from Dutch prosecutors.

The context

Europe is on a heightened state of alert after last Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels.

The group known as Islamic State has said it was behind them.

Reda Kriket

  • 34 years old
  • Arrested last Thursday in an apartment on the outskirts of Paris
  • “Attack has been foiled” – French Interior Minister
  • Weapons and explosives reportedly found at another address in Paris

What they are saying

“During the raid, we found telephones, SIM cards, hard drives, money, weapons and drugs. No explosives were found.”Wim de Bruin, spokesperson for the Dutch prosecutor.

“Intelligence services work relentlessly to protect our territory in a context of high threat.”French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve congratulates police for their effort and coordination.

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