Tahiri Jamel, head of the "Centre Zahra France" religious association, speaks to journalists in Grande Synthe near Dunkirk on October 2, 2018 during a police operation of "terrorism prevention". AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN
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French police raided a Shiite faith center and arrested three of its leaders for illegal weapons possession in predawn swoops Tuesday that government officials said were prompted by suspicion of links to terrorist organizations. France, home to Europe's largest Muslim community, remains on maximum alert after attacks in recent years in which Islamist militants and people inspired by radical groups such as Daesh (ISIS) have killed close to 250 people.Some French media reports said that Zahra France was a leading center for Shiite Islam in Europe and is suspected of links to Hezbollah and fighting in Syria or to the Palestinian Hamas.However, a French diplomatic source said that while the two incidents were not linked, the raid on the Zahra aimed to show that Paris would also not tolerate radical Shiite groups.
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