2 suspects in France deal with fear charges over explosives laboratory

Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017|2:18 p.m.

PARIS– French district attorneys on Sunday provided preliminary terror charges for 2 men connected to an explosives lab discovered in a home near Paris.

Paris counter-terrorism prosecutor Francois Molins said the men apprehended recently were accuseded of terrorist association and the manufacture of dynamites.

Molins stated the men– a 36-year-old house owner named Ali M.R. and a man referred to as Frederic M. who was formerly understood to intelligence authorities– intended “to make a bomb” to perform an attack in France. He stated, nevertheless, no specific plan had been found.

The explosive materials– together with the message in Arabic “God is fantastic”– were found accidently in the lab in the Paris residential area of Villejuif on Wednesday after workmen had actually been contacted us to fix a close-by water leakage and told authorities after noticing suspicious items in an apartment.

As much as 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of the explosive TATP might have been made from the material found, Molins stated. TATP, a peroxide-based dynamite, has been employed often by Islamic extremists.

Ali M.R. informed detectives he was following Islamic State bomb-making videos using the explosive materials and that he had obtained the compounds, consisting of 200 grams of TATP and 9 liters of acid, earlier this year, Molins stated.

The district attorney said Frederic L. stated he wanted to dedicate a terror attack to take revenge on the international coalition against IS. Frederic L. had links with French jihadist and IS recruiter Rachid Kassim.

Molins said the two suspects confessed they had wished to join IS but never ever made it to Syria.

A 3rd male was launched Sunday without being charged.

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