French authorities detained seven suspected Islamic militants who allegedly took part in weapons training in eastern France and had planned to travel to Iraq, police officials said Friday.
The seven men, all French citizens born between 1963 and 1985, were detained Tuesday in the eastern city of Besancon and the nearby town of Pontarlier, the officials said.
Police raids of the suspects' homes turned up munitions, handguns and pump and automatic rifles, officials said on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing.
The case was expected to transferred to Paris anti-terrorism judges on Friday, the officials said.
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