posted at 8:01 pm on September 8, 2016 by John Sexton
A French intelligence officer was stabbed while arresting three women believed to have been planning an imminent terror attack in Paris. At least one of the women is connected to a car filled with gas canisters which was found parked near Notre Dame cathedral Sunday morning. From the AP:
The three women were detained in an operation Thursday night in Boussy-Saint-Antoine south of Paris in a “veritable race against the clock,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters. One of the women attacked police, and an intelligence officer was hospitalized with a knife wound to the shoulder. One suspect was also injured, Cazeneuve said.
“These radicalized, fanatic women, aged 39, 23 and 19 years old, were likely preparing new violent actions, particularly imminent,” he said. “France is confronted with a terrorist threat of unprecedented scale. … It requires the vigilance of all our compatriots.”
Fox News describes what was in the car:
No one was inside, but police found five canisters filled with gas in the trunk and an empty canister on one of the seats. Along with the canisters, there were three jerry cans of diesel and papers with Arabic writing inside the vehicle.
No detonators were found in the car, which had been left on a narrow cobbled street in the popular Latin Quarter next to bars and restaurants.
Apparently the owner of the car went to police and reported his radicalized daughter had disappeared with his car even before it was discovered. Reuters reports that the daughter was known to police because she had been attempting to get to Syria, possibly to link up with ISIS.
France has been on high alert for terror since ISIS carried out an attack in Paris last November that killed 130 people. More recently a terrorist killed 86 people with a truck in the city of Nice in July.
This clip by France 24 shows an image of the car in question and also points out that tourism is down about 10% since the Paris attack last year.