French police have arrested 5 people this week after a bomb was discovered in a building Paris over the weekend.
This prompted an anti-terror investigation when the discovery was made by local residents; they found two gas cylinders inside the building then two more were discovered just outside the building with a mobile phone attached to the devices as the ignition source.
Just a month ago a “bomb factory” of sorts was discovered in Paris as well. According to French news outlet, FranceTVInfo.fr, According to information from franceinfo, the investigators discovered in the apartment a real laboratory, with products such as sulfuric acid, acetone, hydrogen peroxide but also electrical components, batteries, basins and of TATP ready for use. Documentation in Arabic of a religious nature has also been found.
The anti-terrorist section of the Paris Criminal Brigade (SAT) and the Directorate General of Internal Security (DGSI) were seized of this open investigation for “terrorist criminal association” and “possession, transport and manufacture of explosive substances”.
*NOTE I AM USING GOOGLE TRANSLATE FOR THIS! SORRY IF IT’S TERRIBLE!*
That said, sacre bleu! At least citizens were on top of this and are on the lookout… hopefully now more than ever.
The discovery comes less than a month after a “bomb factory” was discovered in a Paris suburb. Police found “elements that may be part of the composition of explosives” — including sulfuric acid, acetone and oxygenated water — inside an apartment. Two people, including the tenant, were arrested hours later.
France has been in a state of emergency since 2015. A double-stabbing Sunday in the city of Marseille brought the terror-related death toll in the country to 241 since the start of 2015.
The lower house of the French parliament is expected to pass new anti-terror legislation Tuesday that would eventually end the state of emergency while expanding security powers for authorities.