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Two suspects charged in France over possible terror plot

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Two suspects charged in France over possible terror plot
The apartment building in Clermont-Ferrand where one of the suspects was arrested. File photo: Thierry Zoccolan/AFP
12:35 CET+01:00
Two men who had been arrested on suspicion of planning an "imminent" terror attack in France were charged on Saturday, legal sources said.
The suspects, one 19-year-old and the other a 27-year-old, were arrested Tuesday in the coastal city of Marseille and the central city of Clermont-Ferrand.
 
Both men, known to intelligence services for belonging to the jihadist Salafist community, were indicted on charges of criminal association in connection with a criminal terrorist enterprise, as well as for possession of firearms.
 
During raids, police recovered a Kalashnikov rifle and a shotgun, one grenade, a knife, and two bulletproof vests.They also found documents of jihadist propaganda.
 
Authorities however are still investigating the exact nature of their plans.
 
France remains on high alert after a wave of attacks that began two years ago, claiming more than 200 lives.
 
On February 3, a soldier shot and wounded a machete-wielding attacker who lunged at him outside the Louvre museum in Paris while shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest).
 
One of the most active members of the US-led coalition fighting IS, France has been the worst hit among European countries targeted by attacks claimed or inspired by the Sunni extremist group.
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