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French police find ‘Jihadist’ bomb lab used in kosher store attack

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October 10, 2012 | 11:23 am

French police have found an explosives lab which they say Jihadists used in the recent bombing of a kosher store near Paris.

On Oct. 9, French police officers discovered firearms and “all the elements necessary to produce explosive devices” at a parking lot in the eastern Paris suburb of Torcy, Francois Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said at a press conference on Oct. 10.

French police found the cache after interrogating 12 suspects arrested over the weekend in different French cities, predominantly in Cannes and Paris, he added.

Molins said the suspects belonged to a "Jihadist cell" that was “extremely dangerous.”

On Saturday, French police agents killed a suspected member of the cell in Strasbourg after he fired on officers during a raid.

The raid, one of several operations which French police carried out that day almost simultaneously, was on suspects in the Sept. 18 bombing of a kosher supermarket in Sarcelles, a northern suburb of Paris. Two men threw an explosive device into the shop. One man sustained minor injuries in the explosion.

On Saturday, Molins of the Paris prosecutor’s office said the dead man, Sidney Louis, had “converted into radical Islam,” adding he belonged to a “network, almost a cell” of “radicalized Muslim delinquents.”

On Saturday, just hours after the anti-terror raids, blank bullets were fired near a synagogue in Argenteuil, a Paris suburb.
French President Francois Hollande has said he would beef up security around Jewish institutions. "Security will be reinforced in the coming days," Hollande said after meeting Jewish leaders on Sunday at the Elysee palace, vowing that the state was ready "to fight all terror threats."

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