Police chief: Threat of attack on France hits peak

PARIS — Police say the threat of a terrorist attack on French soil is at its highest as authorities suspect al-Qaida's North African affiliate may be plotting a conventional bomb attack on a crowded target.
National police director Frederic Pechenard told Europe-1 radio, however, that reports of a female suicide bomber planning a Sept. 16 attack on the Paris Metro were "not so credible."
But he said Wednesday the threat level has reached a "peak" and that al-Qaida's North African branch poses the most serious threat, though the group is not thought to have the means for a nuclear or biological attack.
Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb has claimed responsibility for last week's abduction of seven people, including five French nationals, in northern Niger.
Subscribe for our daily newsletter
Subscribe for our daily newsletter

By subscribing I accept the terms of use and privacy policy

Read all Tweets >