A man in possession of an arsenal of weapons has been arrested in Paris, France’s interior minister announced. The arrested IT student had also been involved with the murder of a woman near the French capital.
Cazeneuve told reporters that apart from the weapons, police had also discovered detailed research “clearly establishing that the person was planning to commit an imminent attack against one or two churches”.
Police were alerted when a man who had been shot in the leg called an ambulance. Following a trail of blood to his car, the Police found all the weapons in his possession. He also gave a confused account of how he had been shot, to the police.
“Several war weapons, hand guns, ammunition, bullet-proof vests and computer and telephone hardware” were found at his home and in his car, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Wednesday.
According to Al-Jazeera reports, he was planning to travel to Syria wanting to fight against the Syrian government.
Hundreds of French nationals have left France to join armed groups in Iraq and Syria, where they represent almost half the number of European fighters present, according to a report released this month by the upper house Senate.
Authorities are concerned that these nationals will come back and commit attacks on home ground.