March 27, 2016: A French Police officer stands guards as worshipers arrive for the Easter mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris.(The Associated Press)
French police detained three women believed to be planning an imminent terror attack in an operation south of Paris Thursday evening, the country’s interior minister said.
The discovery of the mysterious car has revived worries about the threat of new attacks in France, which has already repeatedly been targeted by Islamic State (ISIS) extremists and remains under a state of emergency. Seven people are now in custody in the Notre Dame case.
The three women were detained in Boussy-Saint-Antoine in a “veritable race against the clock,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters. One of the women attacked police, and an intelligence officer was hospitalized with a knife wound to the shoulder. One suspect was also injured, Cazeneuve said.
“These radicalized, fanatic women, aged 39, 23 and 19 years old, were likely preparing new violent actions, particularly imminent,” he said. “France is confronted with a terrorist threat of unprecedented scale. … It requires the vigilance of all our compatriots.”