French police foil ‘ISIS’ Christmas knife frenzy as they arrest two in Paris
French police thwart Christmas knife frenzy ‘ISIS’ as they arrest two in Paris: ‘Radicalised’ suspect, 23, admits to stabbing ‘infidels’ in crowded streets
- Two 23-year-old men were held at different addresses in greater Paris
- According to local media, ISIS propaganda has been seized from their homes
- Detectives said they planned to attack shopping centers and busy streets
- They hoped to be shot by the police so that they would be ‘tortured’
French police have arrested two suspected ISIS militants who planned a stabbing during the Christmas holidays, according to local media.
According to the news channel, the 23-year-old men were arrested at various addresses in the Paris area last Monday BFM TV.
One of the suspects told officers that he wanted to slaughter ‘infidels’ and that he hoped to be shot so that he could be ‘tortured’. Le Figaro reported. He also swore allegiance to ISIS.
Detectives say they planned knife attacks targeting shopping malls, universities and busy streets.
Street vendor of roast chestnut outside Les Deux Magots Café and Restaurant, Boulevard St Germain, Paris, in a file photo from last January. The arrested suspects are said to have planned knife attacks around Christmas and target busy areas, including shopping malls, universities and busy streets.
The second suspect denied any terrorist plot.
ISIS propaganda was seized by agents at their homes in Meaux, Seine-et-Marne and Pecq, Yvelines, BFM TV said.
The pair were charged Friday and have been remanded in custody.
It is the fourth such plot to be foiled by the police since early this year.
It comes at a time when it became known that the government in the Alpes-Maritimes region has decided to strengthen security around the Christmas market in Nice.
Nice was the scene of a horrific ISIS attack when a 19-ton truck drove into crowds, killing 86 people during Bastille Day celebrations on July 14, 2016.
It was one of the worst terror attacks to ravage France in recent years.
The worst were the bombings and shootings in November 2015 at the Bataclan Theater and other locations around Paris that killed 130 people.
Last October, in Conflans, a commuter district near Paris, a French teacher was beheaded by a Chechen teenager, who was then shot and killed by police.
And in 2021 there have been at least three terrorist attacks, including on a policewoman who was stabbed to death in the city of Nantes on May 28.
The killer was later shot dead by police. He was a well-known Islamist who had been radicalized in prison.