FRANCE SAVES THE DAY: Foils Terror Attack

PoliceFor the win! Now grab his jihadi buddies too.

French officials said Friday they had foiled a terror attack by a suspect who had been convicted in Belgium alongside Abdelhamid Abaaoud, suspected ringleader of November’s terror attacks in Paris.

French national Reda Kriket, 34, was arrested on Thursday in Argenteuil, northwest of Paris, and police uncovered a small quantity of explosives at his home.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the arrest “foiled a planned attack in France, which was at an advanced stage.”

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Police sources said the suspect had been found guilty in absentia in Brussels in July last year of being part of a network recruiting jihadists to Syria and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Investigations showed Kriket played an important role in financing the network with money from robberies and stolen goods.

Among those who went to Syria through the network were Abaaoud and another Paris attacker, Chakib Akrouh.

Abaaoud was among 28 convicted in the Belgian trial and was sentenced to 20 years in absentia.

Brussels, which has emerged as a hotspot for radical Islam in Europe, was hit Monday by suicide bombings which left 31 dead at the airport and on the city metro.

Police in Belgium and Paris are still piecing together the potential links between the November attacks and those in Brussels this week.


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