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France charges women over foiled terror strike

Sep 13, 2016, 2:19 AM EDT
(Source: Arthur Lombard/flickr)
(Source: Arthur Lombard/flickr)

Three French women, suspected of plotting a terror attack near Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris last week, were charged with terrorism offenses on Monday. The women, who are believed to have been inspired by Islamic States’ repeated calls for attacks in France, also planned to strike a train station in the Paris area.

Ines Madani, 19, Sara Hervouet, 23, and Amel Sakaou, 39, were produced before anti-terrorism judges on Monday and remanded in custody for further investigation, writes ABC News. The women, who plotted to blow up a car packed with gas canisters, were arrested on Thursday.

Hervouet, who launched a knife attack on a police officer at the time of arrest, reportedly had links with French jihadist Adel Kermiche, one of the two men who killed an elderly Catholic priest in a church in Normandy, reports the BBC.

France, which has suffered a string of attacks by Islamist extremists over the past two years, remains on heightened alert. On Sunday, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that the country’s security agencies have been thwarting terror bids “every day.” According to an estimate, there are about 15,000 radicalized people in France, who pose a threat to country’s peace and security. 

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