5 arrested men were planning imminent attack on France
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5 arrested men were planning imminent attack on France

Detained individuals said to have been receiving orders from Islamic State group member in Iraq or Syria

French soldiers patrolling in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on August 15, 2016. (AFP/Alain Jocard)
French soldiers patrolling in front of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris on August 15, 2016. (AFP/Alain Jocard)

PARIS — Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says that five men arrested recently in two French cities were planning a terror attack in France as early as next week.

According to Molins, the five were receiving their orders from an Islamic State group member based in Iraq or Syria.

Molins spoke to reporters Friday, the day after anti-terrorism authorities took the unusual step of holding the men in custody without charge beyond the normal maximum period, relying on a recent anti-terrorism measure.

The five were arrested on Sunday in Strasbourg and Marseille.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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