French security personnel have stopped a plot to stab people in public spaces during Christmas. Two Islamic State sympathizers were arrested. They hoped to stab holiday shoppers in order to become martyrs.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin confirmedThe General Directorate of Internal Security, (DGSI) has arrested two people on Wednesday. A link is provided to the Le Parisien report.
“The terrorist threat remains at a high level in France, we are not lowering our guard,”Darmanin added.
According to media reports citing sources within the French judiciary, the DGSI arrested two men, both 23, on November 29 in the Île-de-France department. Two men were detained, one in Meaux and the other in Pecq. In an operation by the anti-terrorism prosecutions, both were arrested and taken to jail on December 3. Both have yet to be identified.
According to reports, one of the suspects confessed that they had planned to attack public buildings with knives by Christmas so they could become martyrs. They could target shopping malls, universities, and busy streets. BFMTV reports that Jihadist and Islamic State literatures were discovered during searches of their houses.
One suspect also admitted that he was a victim of the attack. “fascination”According to AFP, he was a member of IS and denied being involved in the attack. According to police sources, he was sentenced to four years imprisonment by a Paris juvenile court, with 30 months suspended and probation.
They first connected via social media. Later, they met face-to-face, according to French police.