The logo of the French police city (city police) of a police car in Purgaster Dauras, western France, January 21, 2020. (Fred Tanneau AFP via Getty Images)
Paris-Southern France police arrested four women and a girl as part of an anti-terrorist investigation into a suspected attack targeting the city of Montpellier.
Police in the Hérault region confirmed the overnight arrest in the city of Beziers and said on Sunday that the DGSI General Directorate for Internal Security and the National Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office were handling the investigation.
According to Mayor Robert Menard, investigators focused on an 18-year-old woman living in a Bezier housing project suspected of attempting an attack targeting nearby Montpellier. He said three sisters, including an 18-year-old mother and a minor, were also arrested.
Menard told The Associated Press that she or her family wasn’t sure if she or her family was on the authorities’ radar because of radicalism, but the 18-year-old was “bragging” to her neighbors about watching ISIS terrorist videos. Told.
Menard, who was warned of surgery by police, said he had spoken to a rattling neighbor on the scene.
“They are scary. They are afraid that it gives a bad image of this neighborhood and the Islamic community here,” he said.