Suspect ‘planned church attack’

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have arrested an Islamic extremist in Paris as he was planning an imminent attack on one or more churches, France’s leading security official said.

Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man is also accused of killing a young woman shortly before he was arrested on Sunday.

The 24-year-old computer science student has lived in France for several years and was flagged by security officials last year.

A security official said the suspect was arrested after he apparently shot himself and called for an ambulance.

Police who arrived at the scene of the shooting found a trail of blood leading to his car, which contained loaded guns and notes about potential targets.

In the Algerian suspect’s apartment, in south-eastern Paris, more weapons were found as well as evidence of ties to Islamic extremism, an official said.

There was no immediate evidence that the suspect had direct ties to any organised groups, the official said.

Aurelie Chatelain, a 32-year-old Frenchwoman visiting Paris for a training session for work, was found shot dead on Sunday morning in her car. The security official said she appeared to have been killed by the suspect at random.

France has been on edge since the January attacks on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket left 20 people dead, including three gunmen.

Published: Wednesday 22nd April 2015 by The News Editor

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