French Police Bust Anti-Jewish Bomb Lab

Paris Jihadists Suspected in Store Attack

Bomb Probe: French police investigate scene of bombing at Jewish store outside Paris.
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Bomb Probe: French police investigate scene of bombing at Jewish store outside Paris.

By JTA

Published October 10, 2012.

French police have linked an explosives lab which they discovered near Paris to alleged members of a Jihadist cell suspected of the recent bombing of a Jewish store.

On Oct. 9, French police officers discovered firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy, Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a press conference on Oct. 10.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in different French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Molins said the suspects belonged to a “Jihadist cell” that was “extremely dangerous.”

On Saturday, French police agents killed a suspected member of the cell in Strasbourg after he fired on officers during a raid.

The raid, one of several operations which French police carried out that day almost simultaneously, was on suspects in the Sept. 18 bombing of a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of Paris. Two men threw an explosive device into the shop. One man sustained minor injuries in the explosion.

On Saturday, Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said the dead man, Sidney Louis, had “converted into radical Islam,” adding he belonged to a “network, almost a cell” of “radicalized Muslim delinquents.”

On Saturday, just hours after the anti-terror raids, blank bullets were fired near a synagogue in Argenteuil, a Paris suburb.



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