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Six suspected Islamic militants arrested in Paris: police
A police car enters the police station in Marseille on October 5, 2010. French police rounded up six suspected Islamist militants in raids in Paris and its suburbs, police said on Tuesday, as France tightened security in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Photograph by: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT, AFP/Getty Images
PARIS — French police rounded up six suspected Islamist militants in raids in Paris and its suburbs, police said on Tuesday, as France tightened security in the wake of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Interior Minister Claude Gueant had said Monday that France had no concrete evidence of a specific attack being planned, but said security forces were in a heightened state of vigilance over the Jihadist threat.
The arrests were made on Monday in Paris and two of its largely-immigrant suburbs: Stains, where searches continued, and Garges-les-Gonesse, officials close to the inquiry told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The raids were carried out by the DCRI police intelligence service as part of an probe into an Islamist network alleged to have recruited militants in France and sent them to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
French officials told AFP recently that investigators suspect some of these fighters may have recently returned from the battlefield to France.
“On the day after the death of Osama bin Laden I ordered reinforced vigilance,” Gueant told reporters on Monday at a joint news conference in Paris with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Paris residents have noticed a larger than normal security presence around tourist attractions and transport hubs in recent days, but Gueant said he had not ordered an increase in the terror alert level.
France’s security status has been at the second highest level, “Red” or “probable threat”, since 2005, when Islamist suicide bombers struck London and triggered fears of more attacks on neighbouring European capitals.
In 2008, officials reinforced security measures but stopped short of moving to the highest threat level, “scarlet” or “specific threat”, which would trigger draconian security measures and the closure of potential targets.
French forces are fighting in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led coalition battling Taliban guerrillas and Bin Laden’s al-Qaida network has repeatedly threatened to carry out attacks against French citizens and interests.
al-Qaida’s North African offshoot, al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, has kidnapped several French citizens in recent years, some of whom have been ransomed and some killed. Four nuclear workers are still being held.
On April 28 bombers attacked a popular tourist cafe in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh, killing 17 people including eight French tourists.