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France Imminent Attack: Car Bomb Found Near Notre Dame

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A hooded woman was in custody after raid in France. (Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)
 

Friday, 09 Sep 2016 08:04 AM

A car made into a bomb was discovered near Paris's Notre Dame cathedral and three "radicalized" women who authorities said were likely planning an imminent attack were later arrested in a raid on Thursday.

One of the women stabbed a police officer during the arrest before being shot and wounded, Reuters reported French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as saying. A source close to the investigation said the attacker was the missing 19-year-old daughter of the car's owner.

"These three women aged 39, 23 and 19 had been radicalized, were fanatics and were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act," Cazeneuve said in a televised statement.

The Peugeot 607 loaded with six full gas cylinders and three cans of diesel fuel was found early Sunday morning on a Seine riverside road just meters from the cathedral, prompting a counter-terrorism investigation in a country where militants have killed more than 230 people in attacks since January, 2015.

Police sources said no detonator had been found.

Documents with writing in Arabic were also found in the car, which had no registration plates and was left with its hazard lights flashing.

Seven people have now been detained since Tuesday in connection with the investigation.

The arrests took place in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, some 20 miles south-east of Paris.

A Reuters photographer later saw a hand-cuffed person being carried into a building in that town, in the area cordoned off by police, where house searches were being carried out. Police investigators and bomb-disposal experts were on the ground.

The town's mayor told BFM TV there had been no specific threat of an attack in the local area.

The car's owner was taken into custody earlier this week but later released. He had gone to police on Sunday to report that his daughter had disappeared with his car, officials said.

His daughter, officials say, is known to police for wanting to leave for Syria, where scores of religiously radicalized people of French and other nationalities have joined the ranks of the Islamic State militant group.

France, which is taking part in bombing the militant group's bases in Iraq and Syria, remains on maximum alert after calls for attacks on the country.

Thousands of extra police and soldiers have been deployed to patrol sensitive sites since 130 people were killed by Islamist gunmen and suicide bombers in attacks on Paris last November.

A state of emergency declared at that time is still in place and gives police extra search and arrest powers but debate still rages over security after another attack in July in which a man drove a truck into crowds in the city of Nice, killing 86.

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