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France arrests more suspected Islamic militants

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April 4, 2012 | 12:17 pm

Ten suspected Islamic militants were arrested in France in the second mass arrest there in recent days.

The suspects are alleged to have ties to radical Islamist websites and had similar profiles to Mohammed Merah, the gunman who killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, Reuters reported, citing a police source.

Some 19 suspected Islamic militants were arrested last week, including who are members of the extremist group Forsane Alizza, or Knights of Pride. They are under investigation for alleged terrorist activities, Paris public prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters Tuesday, including planning the abduction of a Jewish judge.

French officials have said the arrests are not related to the recent attack on the Toulouse Jewish school.

The latest arrests occurred in the southern French cities of Marseille and Valence, two towns in the southwest, and in the northeastern town of Roubaix, according to Reuters.

The suspects were discovered on Islamist websites expressing extreme views.

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