Foiled Paris attack ‘was directed by ISIS’


Three women arrested over a foiled attack in Paris were directed by so-called Islamic State (IS) from Syria, a French prosecutor has said.

The group “wanted to make the women into fighters”, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said.

A policeman was stabbed during an operation late on Thursday to arrest the women, after the discovery of a suspect car containing gas canisters.

The vehicle was found near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on Sunday.

Police shot and wounded one of the women during the operation in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, south-east of the city.

One of the three women, aged 19, reportedly declared her allegiance to IS in a letter.

The others arrested were said to be aged 39 and 23.

President Francois Hollande said: “An attack was derailed… a group has been disbanded, but there are others and we must be able to act each time before it is too late and that’s what we’re doing.”

Mr Molins said the latest plot showed IS was now recruiting women to carry out attacks.

“If at first it seemed that women were confined to carrying out family and domestic tasks by the terrorist organisation, we are now forced to see that vision is largely outdated,” he said.


Source: BBC