France opens probe after raids on Islamist radicals

By REUTERS
April 3, 2012 13:57

PARIS - Thirteen members of a radical Islamist group arrested in police raids last week are being put under investigation on suspicion of terrorist activities, a public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Nine of them will be held in custody during the inquiry, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference, adding that the suspects had at one time discussed the possibility of kidnapping a judge in the city of Lyon.

Those under inquiry were among 19 arrested in swoops across several cities on March 30, a week after police killed Mohamed Merah, an al-Qaida-inspired gunman who shot dead seven people, including three Jewish children, in three separate attacks.


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