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Gas cylinders in Paris: three suspects presented to a judge

Ⓒ AFP – Bertrand GUAY – | Paris prosecutor Francois Molins at a press conference on 10 September 2017 in Paris

Investigators have not yet determined why a Parisian building was chosen as the target of a gas bombing thwarted a week ago, for which three suspects are going to be presented to a judge, said Friday the Paris prosecutor , François Molins.

“An apartment building located on rue Chanez in the 16th arrondissement of Paris was the subject of an attempt at an attack, the human and material consequences of which could have been dramatic without knowing at this stage the reasons why this building could be targeted, “he told a press briefing. Gas cylinders equipped with a firing device had been found in the building.

Three people are going to be brought before a judge for indictment, notably for “attempted assassination in a gang organized in connection with a terrorist enterprise”: Amine A., his cousin Sami B. and Aymen B. Three others have been released.

“The DNA of Aymen B., an individual filed since July 29, 2016 due to pro-Daesh proselytism was quickly identified” on the spot, “said the prosecutor. “Amine A, also filed S because of her membership in the radical Islamist movement, is also known to have been placed in custody on 26 March 2013 in the well-known file Forsane Alizza” a radical Islamist group dissolved in 2012, he said.

A total of six people were taken into custody, including five men arrested on Monday evening, and a 24-year-old woman.

On the night of Friday to Saturday, a resident of the building located rue Chanez in the XVIth arrondissement of Paris discovered on the ground floor of the building the device composed of four gas cylinders and in which had been poured a significant amount of gasoline.

Investigators discovered four buckets and a jerricane “containing a total of 33 liters of gasoline, rubble bags” and “a firing device composed of a mobile phone containing a Lycamobile card, equipped with an amplifier to which was connected with electric cables, which could be operated on command by a call, “according to François Molins.

“On this point, the first conclusions of the demining service indicate that this device should favor the firing of the gasoline that had been spilled on the ground and, consequently, the explosion of the four gas cylinders. “is that the power of the deflagration could have caused major damage,” he added.

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