FRANCE remains on terror alert with the country’s threat level from Islamic extremist groups “unchanged,” Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nuñez said. A recent UN report warned the current abatement of terrorist violence may soon end, with a fresh wave of attacks on western targets possible before the end of the year.
The foiling of yet another terrorist plot in France has underlined again the continuing threat posed by Islamists, and experts say France is clearly seen as a major target.
Attacks could be indiscriminate. Due to ongoing threats to France by Islamic extremist groups, and recent French military intervention against Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL), the French government has warned the public to be extra vigilant and has reinforced its own domestic and overseas security measures. You should be vigilant in public places and follow the advice of local French authorities.
US-backed forces pushed Isis out its remaining territory in March. Hundreds of foreign fighters are now being held in detention camps while western governments try and work out what to do with them.
France has so far refused to take back citizens who joined the group’s so-called “caliphate,” insisting adults captured in Iraq or Syria should face trial locally despite the risk of capital punishment.
There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.
Few details were released about the intended target, the mode of operation, or the circumstances of the arrests. The four men, who were said to have been monitored by intelligence services since February, are now being interrogated by the Directorate General of Homeland Security (DGSI) at its headquarters in the capital.
The other three men in custody are aged around 30 and had a background of common-law offenses only. The arrests were announced, the same day as a video was released in which the fugitive leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, urged followers to carry out attacks to avenge the loss of the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria.
The two men have been indicted on the same charges – “terrorist criminal conspiracy” – that are being investigated against the latest four suspects to be arrested.
The threat of terror attacks in France will remain high “as long as the government does not expel Salafist imams and known radical Islamists.”
The “S List” (the S stands for State Security) includes the names of people who are considered potentially dangerous and are therefore subject to surveillance by police and intelligence agencies.
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