France arrest two men on charges of terrorist attack

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France arrested two men suspected of preparing a terrorist attack in the country, Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said on Thursday.

"They were arrested for conspiracy to prepare a terrorist act. This is a strong presumption. They are even heard now," the minister was quoted as saying by state-run television channel France2.

No details were given on two suspected male terrorists.

"Intelligence services are extremely attentive and extremely careful. There is a very precise, very sharp and a very complex governmental action to fight against all the forms of terrorism," he stressed.

France suspended Saturday all freight flights coming from Yemen following reports of suspicious packages on America-bound flights from the Arabic country.

With the aim to frustrate any eventual terrorist attack, Paris announced Wednesday to strengthen the screening of passengers flying to France.

To Hortefeux, parcel bombs found in Greece, including one addressed to President Nicolas Sarkozy, and threats attacks of Osama Bin Laden against the French policy prompted the government to tighten security measures.

"There is a bundle of information which help us to be vigilant," he noted.

A major terrorist bomb explosion hit the Paris subway in 1995. It killed eight people and wounded 200 others.

Source: Xinhua


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