Anti-terrorism forces in France reportedly arrested four people on Friday accused of planning a new terror attack, uncovering an amateur laboratory which held an explosive used in strikes in Paris and Brussels, The Hill is reporting.
Three men, aged 20, 26 and 33, and one 16-year-old girl were taken into custody in the Montpelier region in southern France, officials said.
Unconfirmed French reports claimed the group were planning a suicide bombing against a tourist site in Paris.
The arrests come one week after a man attacked soldiers with a machete near the Louvre. One of the soldiers was injured.
Unconfirmed French media reports said the people arrested were planning a suicide bombing on a tourist site in Paris. The prosecutor’s office, which handles terrorism investigations in France, has not commented on the reports.
The arrests came a week after a machete-wielding assailant who shouted “Allahu Akbar!” was shot by soldiers outside the Louvre Museum in central Paris. Investigators found no links between the Egyptian-born attacker and militant groups but the episode occurred as France remains on high alert for new attacks.
Amid heightened new security measures, Paris’ city council announced this week that it plans to permanently install a bullet-proof glass barrier around the Eiffel Tower. A temporary fence was put in place last June.