Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

French police arrest five after gas cylinders found in building in Paris

French police arrest five after gas cylinders found in building in Paris

Despite such bloodbaths, Mr Collomb said that 12 planned terrorist outrages had been foiled across France since the beginning of the year.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb suggested that the man may have slipped the authorities by employing someone who looks like him, a common practice employed by those under the scanner. The terrorist, who was heard to shout "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") as he attacked the women.

In Paris, anti-terrorism police are also investigating the discovery of a homemade bomb in the hallway of a building in the wealthy 16th district on Saturday.

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Collomb declined to provide any details about the suspect or to identify the victims. The Islamic State militant group, whose bases in Syria and Iraq are being bombed by French war planes, has urged followers to attack France.

Since then, there has been a string of attacks perpetrated by lone assailants, often targeting police or soldiers.

Earlier this month, four American college students were attacked with acid at the same Marseille train station.

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France has been in a state of emergency following a spate of attacks by Islamist militants over the last two years, including attacks in Paris in November 2015 which killed 130 people. French President Emmanuel Macron weighed in on the incident, calling it a "barbarous" act.

"People who are supposedly foreigners, black or north African will be stigmatised", Thierry Paul Valette, head of another anti-racism group Egalite Nationale, told French daily Liberation.

Alerted in night from Friday to Saturday by an inhabitant of Porte de Auteuil area, police discovered two bottles in lobby of a building and two ors outside on sidewalk. Soldiers and police took up positions outside the station.

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Sylvie Corbet reported from Paris.

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