RAID police unit. Illustration photo: AFP
Two men in their 20s have been arrested in the greater Paris region over a suspected plot to carry out a terrorist attack targeting the gay community, sources in the intelligence services claim.
The pair, aged 21 and 22, were arrested in the eastern Paris suburb of Seine-et-Marne suspected of planning to carry out an attack in the name of the Islamic State group.
While the details of their plot remain vague at the moment, sources close to the investigation told AFP that the attack may been planned against the gay community.
"Their plan remains unclear at this stage, but there is evidence to suggest they are targeting homosexuals," sources told various French media sites..
According to sources close to the investigation, "knives, a firing device and Islamist State group propaganda were found" during raids conducted on Saturday by France's intelligence service DGSI in Seine-et-Marne after the pair had been arrested on June 9th.
They have since been placed in pre-trial detention, according to the prosecutor's wishes, a source close to the investigation revealed to the French press.
France remains on high alert following a string of jihadist attacks over the past three years that have killed more than 240 people.