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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A counter-terror operation, involving around 200 policemen, is underway in France on October 2, with the police forces raiding the headquarters of Islamic organization Centre Zahra France in the Nord department, France Info radio station reported, citing the prefecture of the department.

    Eleven people were detained in an anti-terrorist operation in the commune of Grande-Synthe in France's Nord department, local media reported on Tuesday.

    "This morning, starting from 6 a.m. [local time, 04:00 GMT], the national police has been carrying out an operation in the Grande-Synthe commune, Nord department. The operation is being conducted withing counter-terrorism efforts… Centre Zahra France's activity has been followed up closely due to the fact that its leaders grant support to a number of terror organizations," France Info radio station reported, citing the Nord prefecture's statement.

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    The police have also raided 12 homes of the Centre Zahra France's major leaders.

    Centre Zahra France's funds have been frozen for six months, according to the French government's official gazette, Journal Officiel.

    The Nord prefecture said earlier in the day that the leaders of the Shiite organization Centre Zahra France had been granting support to a number of terror organizations.



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