French police arrest men with links to extremist group

08:39, May 11, 2011      

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French police on Tuesday arrested six men accused of having connections with an extremist group, local media reported.

They were taken into custody on charges of belonging to a jihadist movement and recruiting insurgents, the private BFM TV channel said.

The arrests were made after the arrest of two French nationals, who allegedly had ties with a key al-Qaida member, in January in Abbottabad outside Islamabad, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed.

The suspects will be in custody for four days, according to the report.

Terror alert in France is at the "red" level, the second-highest, after the country is being threatened with terror attacks during the previous months.

A bomb hit the Paris subway in 1995, killing eight people and wounded 200 others.

Source: Xinhua
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