PARIS – French anti-terrorism police arrested a small group with Islamist militant ties on Wednesday, suspecting one of them they may have been planning an attack in Paris, France’s interior minister said.
“We have information about one person that suggests that he could undertake violent actions in France,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said, adding the man was thought to have ties with the Islamic State in Syria. “This person was arrested this morning along with people linked with him,” Cazeneuve said, warning however against jumping to the conclusion that an attack was imminent as checks were underway. Earlier TF1 television reported that three men and one women were arrested at dawn in Paris and at the nearby northern suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis on suspicions they were planning an imminent attack. Police also seized an unused cartridge for an automatic rifle and computer equipment, TF1 said on its web site.