Terror attack on Riviera ‘foiled’

Counter-terrorism officers find explosives in an apartment near Cannes

26 March 2014

AUTHORITIES are convinced that they have foiled what they described as an “imminent” terror attack planned on the French Riviera.

Counter-terrorism officers found 900g of explosive in an apartment Mandelieu-La- Napoule, near Cannes. The property belonged to a 23-year-old man who had returned from Syria, a source close to the case told AFP.

He had been arrested a few days earlier.

The material was found to be TATP, a rudimentary explosive that can be made at home. It had been divided into three cans, one of which was surrounded by screws and nails fixed with tape. A weapon and computer equipment were also seized.

The suspect is linked to the so-called Cannes-Torcy cell.

Police dismantled the cell in 2012 in a wave of arrests. At the time, the public prosecutor of Paris, François Molins, described Cannes-Torcy as the most dangerous terror cell operating in France since the mid-1990s.

Members of this group are suspected of planning a grenade attack on a Jewish business in Sarcelles (Val-d'Oise) in September 2012.

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