MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The four suspects were caught by French counterterrorism police after a two-week investigation. The ministry said one of the detained persons was only 16 years old. Police also found explosives "in the stage of production."
"The minister praised the successful operation which, according to initial data, allowed the foiling of a plan of an imminent attack on the French soil," the ministry said in a communique.
3 man and 16 year old girl arrested in Montpellier, allegedly planning attacks in Paris, 70 gr of TATP foundhttps://t.co/GJL4R42pG0— Program On Extremism (@gwupoe) February 10, 2017
France has been on high security alert after a string of gun and bomb attacks by Islamists killed 130 people in Paris in November 2015. The state of emergency was prolonged until this July, following a truck attack in the city of Nice last summer, which claimed 84 lives.