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France arrests 12 suspected Islamic extremists

Siège de la DCRI à Levallois-Perret, en région parisienne.
Siège de la DCRI à Levallois-Perret, en région parisienne. AFP

French intelligence officers have arrested 12 suspected Islamic extremists in a series of raids in Paris and the surrounding region, judicial officials told the AFP news agency on Tuesday. The detainees were picked up over the weekend and on Monday.


Magistrate Thierry Fragnoli ordered the arrests and is, according to the website of news magazine L'Express, hunting a network that recruits militants in France and sends them to fight in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The detainees are being remanded in custody under anti-terrorism legislation, which gives police up to four days to question them.

Officers from the French domestic intelligence service, the DCRI, carried out the raids. Some of those arrested were Tunisian-born, the official said.


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