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Three charged for planning 'imminent' France terror attack Three charged for planning 'imminent' France terror attack
  • The three arrested near Montpellier - were identified as Thomas Sauret, 20; his partner, a 16-year-old minor named only as Sarah; and Malik Hammami, 33
  • They were charged on suspicion of planning an 'imminent' terror attack
  • Sauret and his partner also charged with making and possessing explosives 

Three people including a 16-year-old have been charged in southern France on suspicion of planning an 'imminent' terror attack, judicial sources said.

The three - arrested on Friday near the coastal city of Montpellier - were identified as Thomas Sauret, 20; his partner, a 16-year-old minor named only as Sarah; and Malik Hammami, 33.

They were indicted on Tuesday for 'criminal association in connection with a criminal terrorist enterprise', the sources said.

Sauret and his partner were also charged with making and possessing explosives in an organised group.

The case is being handled by anti-terrorism investigators, the sources said.

Police raided a flat in Clapiers, north of Montpellier, and found 71 grammes (2.5 ounces) of homemade explosive called TATP Police raided a flat in Clapiers, north of Montpellier, and found 71 grammes (2.5 ounces) of homemade explosive called TATP

Police raided a flat in Clapiers, north of Montpellier, and found 71 grammes (2.5 ounces) of homemade explosive called TATP

The three had been caught several weeks earlier using Telegram, an encrypted message system preferred by jihadists, they said.

Police swooped on Friday after the teenager pledged allegiance to ISIS in a video on social media.

 

She and Sauret, both converts to Islam, also bought acetone and hydrogen peroxide - precursors in an unstable, homemade explosive called TATP.

Police raided a flat in Clapiers, north of Montpellier, and found 71 grammes (2.5 ounces) of TATP, the sources said.

'An imminent terrorist act was being prepared,' Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said on Monday.

The three were indicted on Tuesday for 'criminal association in connection with a criminal terrorist enterprise' The three were indicted on Tuesday for 'criminal association in connection with a criminal terrorist enterprise'

The three were indicted on Tuesday for 'criminal association in connection with a criminal terrorist enterprise'

France remains on high alert after a spate of attacks that began two years ago, claiming more than 200 lives.

On February 3, a soldier shot and wounded a machete-wielding attacker who lunged at him outside the Louvre museum in Paris while shouting 'Allahu Akbar' (God is greatest).

One of the most active members of the US-led coalition fighting IS, France has been the worst hit among European countries targeted by attacks claimed or inspired by the Sunni extremist group.

Parliament voted in December to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after this year's presidential and parliamentary elections. 

 

 

 


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