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France Foils Terror Plot To Behead Base Commander

Posted: Jul 17, 2015 at 5:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


A terror plot to attack a military base and decapitate its commander has been foiled in France, according to prosecutors.

One of the three suspects, the youngest of whom is just 17, was allegedly in contact with an Islamic State militant in Syria, who had told them to “strike in France”.

One of the group, 23-year-old Djebril A, had served as a naval signalman at the military post, Fort Bear, on the Southern French coast.

The arrests, made in dawn raids on Monday, underline the continuing threat faced by the country from Islamist militants following the January attacks in Paris, in which 17 people died, including the massacre at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: “I want to congratulate our security services for this new blow to the terrorists and for again foiling an attack.”

News of the arrests comes after President Francois Hollande said attacks had been thwarted in recent days.