French arrest two suspected of planning attack

Two brothers suspected of planning a terrorist attack have been arrested by French police, the interior minister has said, amid heightened vigilance for threats around Europe.

Paris: Two brothers suspected of planning a
terrorist attack have been arrested by French police, the
interior minister has said, amid heightened vigilance for
threats around Europe.

The two French citizens are suspected of "criminal
association with a terrorist enterprise with a view to
preparing a terrorist act," Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux
said on France-2 television.
France-2 said the brothers were arrested in a Paris
suburb on Wednesday.

The two were being questioned yesterday about what they
were planning to do, Hortefeux said, but provided no other
details.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was among those targeted
by more than a dozen mail bombs sent from Greece this week,
following an unsuccessful Yemen-based mail bomb plot.
France is already being extra vigilant after threats from
al-Qaeda and the kidnapping by the network`s North African
affiliate of five French citizens near a uranium mine in
Niger.

Sarkozy held a security meeting on Wednesday to discuss
the threats, and Hortefeux said the government agreed to step
up screening of airline passengers and freight from some
foreign countries. He did not name the countries.

Hortefeux defended the government`s efforts to fight
terrorism. French police have detained 85 people this year as
part of anti-terrorist probes, and 27 remain behind bars, he
said.

"We must tell our compatriots the truth without alarming
them," he said. "There is an array of information that leads
us to be extremely vigilant."

PTI

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