Paris attacks: French police carry out 150 raids targeting suspected Islamists

The raids led to five arrests and the seizure of "an arsenal of weapons," including a rocket launcher, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, bulletproof vests, handguns and combat gear, the source said.

By: AFP | Paris | Updated: November 16, 2015 2:36 pm
French Prime minister Manuel Valls (C) arrives with French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R), French national rail company SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy (L Rear) and French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (L) speak with soldiers at the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris, France, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Eric Feferberg/Pool French Prime Minister Manuel Valls (C) arrives with French Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (R), French national rail company SNCF Chairman Guillaume Pepy (L Rear) and French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (L) speak with soldiers at the Gare du Nord railway station in Paris, France, November 15, 2015. (Source: Reuters)

French police have carried out “more than 150” raids on suspected Islamists since the attacks on Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Monday, as a source in the southeastern city of Lyon said an arsenal of weapons had been seized there.

Police sources in Paris said “several dozen” pre-dawn raids were carried out in French cities on Sunday, including in Bobigny, an eastern suburb of the capital.

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Thirteen raids were carried out around the southeastern French city of Lyon, a local police source said.

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They led to five arrests and the seizure of “an arsenal of weapons,” including a rocket launcher, a Kalashnikov assault rifle, bulletproof vests, handguns and combat gear, the source said.

Police also carried out raids in Toulouse in southwestern France, where at least three people were arrested, according to the local prosecutor’s office.

In the Alpine city of Grenoble, according to the local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere, at least half a dozen people were arrested and guns and money were seized.

Police have additional powers under a state of emergency declared after the coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday that left 129 people dead and more than 350 injured.

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  1. R
    Rajesh
    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:19 pm
    Bad news for jihadis in Europe.
    Reply
    1. M
      Moaz Hassan
      Nov 16, 2015 at 6:39 pm
      it is so painful when your own kind dies!!!ever thought before bombing in Afghanistan,Iraq,syria,palestine and so on and on
      Reply