Terror cell in France taken down
Oct 6, 2012 / 10:48 am
Police carried out raids across France on Saturday after DNA on a grenade that exploded last month at a kosher grocery story led them to a suspected jihadist cell of young Frenchmen recently converted to Islam.
The man whose DNA was identified, named by police as Jeremy Sydney, was killed by police after he opened fire on them, slightly wounding three officers in the eastern city of Strasbourg.
Ten other people, aged between 19 and 25, were arrested across the country. One man was carrying a loaded gun, and police found weapons, cash and a list of Paris-area Israeli associations during the raids.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said all the arrested suspects were French and recent converts to Islam. Four of the men involved in the raid had written wills. He added that police were still looking for one or two suspects.
A statement from President Francois Hollande praised the police for the raids and said the state would continue to "protect the French against all terrorist threats."
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