BEIRUT

World

France arrests 8 in raid on Syrian-bound radicals

  • Free Syrian Army fighters stand at a former base used by fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), after the ISIL withdrew from the town of Azaz, near the Syrian-Turkish border, March 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Hamid Khatib)

PARIS: Prosecutors say seven men and a woman have been arrested in France on suspicion of planning to join radical Islamic groups fighting in Syria.

The prosecutor's office says French intelligence agents are questioning the eight Tuesday, one day after their arrests in and around Paris. In France, terror suspects can be held for up to four days before being charged or freed.

More than 20 French citizens have been killed in Syria's 3-year-old civil war. In November, France opened an investigation into more than 600 French people who either are preparing to join the fighting or are already there.

The probe secured its first convictions Friday, when three men were found guilty of planning to join jihadist groups in Syria and received prison sentences of two to five years.

 
Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here