Tuesday, October 5, 2010
PARIS, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- French police say they've arrested 12 people in the south of the country suspected of having links to terrorist networks.
French national police said nine of those arrested have links to an Islamist movement and allegedly tried to obtain weapons and explosives, CNN reported Tuesday.
No charges have been filed yet, and under French law the detainees can be held for six days for questioning before charges must be filed.
Three of those arrested have links to a Frenchman of Algerian extraction arrested in Italy last month and suspected of being a member of the terror group al-Qaida, police said.
French authorities identified him as Riahd Hennouni and said an anti-terror judge in Paris requested his arrest.
France has asked for his extradition from Italy, Didier Allard of the Palais de Justice appeals court said.
It is unclear whether the 12 arrested in the latest sweep were French citizens, CNN said.
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