French police arrest four suspected of plotting an 'imminent' terrorist attack

French police arrest four suspected of plotting an 'imminent' terrorist attack
By Christopher Cummins with Agencies
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French police detain four suspected of planning terrorist attack

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French police have arrested four people suspected of plotting an imminent terrorist attack in the country.

Three men and a 16-year-old girl have been taken into custody in the southern French city of Montpellier.

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Police allege the four had been stockpiling bomb making material similar to the type used in the Paris attacks of November 2015.

The suspects were arrested after buying acetone an ingredient in TATP, a high explosive.

Reports suggest the girl had posted jihadist declarations online.

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said:“France faces a very high terrorist threat it forces us to take all the necessary steps in order to keep our citizens safe. That means constant vigilance for our security and intelligence services.”

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The government has extended France’s state of emergency until July 2017 with stringent security measures in place throughout the land.

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