Islamic State gave orders to suspects planning attacks in France: prosecutor

"The instructions were given by a commander from the Iraqi-Syrian region via encrypted apps," Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference.

By: Reuters | Paris | Published:November 25, 2016 6:01 pm
Paris, France Islamic State, Syria IS, Iraq IS, Marseille, news, latest news, world news, international news “A Strasbourg commando team, and also a man arrested in Marseille, were given instructions to acquire arms,” Paris Prosecutor said. (source: AP)

Five suspects, arrested last weekend in France on suspicion of planning attacks on targets in and around Paris, were being directed remotely by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, the Paris prosecutor said on Friday.

“A Strasbourg commando team, and also a man arrested in Marseille, were given instructions to acquire arms. The instructions were given by a commander from the Iraqi-Syrian region via encrypted apps,” Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference.