French police arrest armed man over church attack plans

April 22, 2015 9:48 AM

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French police arrest armed man over church attack plans

PARIS- French police have detained a man they suspect of planning an imminent armed attack on one or two churches, the interior minister said today. The man, a 24-year-old information technology student, was arrested on Sunday in southeast Paris. A car was also seized along with handguns, other weapons and bulletproof vests, minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

France heightened surveillance of potential attackers by its intelligence services and deployed troops to patrol sensitive sites after Islamist militants killed 17 people in January in attacks on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly and a Jewish food shop.

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