Update: For those who have commented on the “900 kilos” vs. “900 grammes”:
Read the article closely. You’ll notice that the at the time of his arrest there were 900 kilos of explosives in his flat. The 900 grammes of TATP are also mentioned, but they were discovered back in February.
900 kilos of TATP (“Mother of Satan”) would create a very large crater if detonated.
Counter-terrorism police in France arrested a suspected mujahid who had 900 kilos of explosives stored in his apartment near Cannes. The culturally enriched suspect had recently returned from fighting in the Syrian jihad, and is thought to have been planning an assassination operation.
Many thanks to Bear for translating this news report from French TV, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is a news story from RFI about the arrest:
French police thwart alleged Islamist attack by returning jihadist from Syria
France’s counter-terrorism unit said on Wednesday it had thwarted an imminent attack by a returning jihadist from Syria, who was preparing to strike in the Southern Côte d’Azur region. 900 kilos of explosives were found in the suspect’s temporary flat near Cannes. He is currently in police custody.
The suspect known only as Ibrahim B. was first spotted by Greek authorities on January 3. He was found returning from Syria, where according to sources he’d fled in September 2012 with two companions.
All three men are said to belong to a notorious terrorist group called Cannes-Torcy, that was broken up by police last year. Their escape to Syria saved them from the police raid at the time.
But investigators kept them on their radar. Police suspected them of joining the Al Qaeda-linked rebel group, the Al Nusra Front in Syria, and of sending terror messages via Facebook to attack the country.
On January 16, Ibrahim B. was eventually arrested in Italy and extradited back to France where he was jailed. On February 17, his temporary flat in Mandelieu-la-Napoule, near Cannes, was searched to the ground and 900 grammes of TATP explosives were found.
Police are on high alert after growing numbers of French youths leave to fight with Islamist rebel groups in Syria. As a first wave of volunteers returns home, there are fears that this could lead to home-grown terrorist attacks.
|00:00||It is here that the anti-terror police seized close to 900 grams…|
|00:04||of explosives. Feb. 17 men from the DCRI …|
|00:08||find in this residence notably 3 cans that contain…|
|00:12||artisan explosives. It is in one of the apartments of this building that a man…|
|00:16||back from Syria, found refuge. This individual for quite a few months now,|
|00:20||suspicious to police, because he is suspected to belong to …|
|00:24||Cannes-Torcy cell. A cell partially dismantled in Oct. 2012.|
|00:28||Accused notably in Grenada of attacking a Kosher grocery store|
|00:33||a group classified as ‘very dangerous’ by the prosecutor of Paris…|
|00:37||but many members of this cell that left for Syria to do jihad had passed|
|00:41||between the spaces of the network. Up until one was found and interrogated …|
|00:45||and it’s him that told the investigators …|
|00:49||that there was a assassination project. At this point he has given no place no target.
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