- Three women arrested after gas cylinders found near Notre Dame in Paris
- One woman who wanted to run away to join ISIS was in custody yesterday
- A police officer was stabbed and suspect shot in arrests during terror raid
- Teenager was ‘sworn ISIS fanatic’ who wanted to attack mainline station
A female ISIS recruiter who planned to blow up a French train station was engaged to a jihadist who beheaded a Catholic priest and the terrorist who murdered a police couple.
French police believe one of the gang, known only as Sarah H., 23, was due to marry Larossi Aballa, 25.
Aballa murdered a police man and his officer wife outside Paris in June before he was himself shot dead.
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This is the moment elite French police busted an all-female ISIS terror cell in Paris
The gang were hours away from launching a deadly attack on a Paris mainline train station
Two of the ISIS suspects have been named as Sarah H., 23, and 19-year-old Ines Madani
Sarah H. was then engaged to Adel Kermich, 19, who murdered a Catholic priest in Normandy in July, before he and an accomplice were gunned down.
Ines Madani, 19, was shot and wounded as police raided her apartment in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, south of the French capital.
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins says one of the women detained in a police raid over a failed attack near Notre Dame Cathedral was engaged separately to two French extremists who themselves carried out deadly attacks this year.
A handcuffed man (hooded, left) is taken out of a building in Boussy-Saint-Antoine south of Paris on September 8, 2016 where female suspects, said to have been planning new acts of violence, were arrested
The flat the women were sharing was raided on Thursday evening, when Ines Madani, 19, wounded an officer with a kitchen knife
Paris prosecutor Francois Molins, pictured, admitted one of the women arrested was engaged to two separate ISIS terrorists linked to attacks, including the murder of a Catholic priest
A French teenager gunned down after stabbing an officer was a sworn ISIS fanatic who wanted to attack a mainline station in Paris, it emerged today. Police officers stand guard after last night’s raid
Molins said the woman was engaged to Larossi Abballa, who killed two police officials in Magnanville in June and filmed the aftermath on Facebook Live before dying in a police raid.
He said she was also betrothed to Adel Kermiche, who slit the throat of an elderly French priest during morning Mass in July.
Her current fiance was arrested on Thursday, Molins said.
He added: ‘In the last few days and hours a terrorist cell was dismantled, composed of young women totally receptive to the deadly Daesh ideology.’
The flat they were sharing was raided on Thursday evening, when Madani, 19, wounded an officer with a kitchen knife.
He is said to have suffered ‘a light shoulder wound’, while Ines Madani was shot repeatedly before being evacuated to hospital, where her condition was said to be stable.
Belgian TV station RTBF reported that Madani was the prime suspect within the all-female terror cell.
‘According to our information, Ines Madani had contacts with Belgian radicals from the Charleroi region.’;
‘The names of the radicals appeared on a list from (Belgium’s national crisis centre) OCAM as potential candidates departing for Syria,’ the station said.
‘Some of them have since been arrested,’ it added.
‘There is no question here (in Belgium) of a planned attack but Ines Madani seemed to fullfil a role of recruiter and facilitator for these departures,’ it said.
Prosecutors believe they have foiled a major attack on Paris following last night’s raids
Three women have been arrested following a police operation in Boussy-Saint-Antoine last night (pictured)
French President Francois Hollande said an attack had been foiled and a terror cell ‘destroyed’ but warned ‘there are others’.
It comes as it emerged that French police have also arrested the boyfriend of one of three women.
The man, arrested late Thursday, was known to intelligence services for links to radical Islam, the sources said.
His brother is in custody over suspected links to Larossi Abballa, a jihadist who killed a police officer and his girlfriend in a Paris suburb in June, the sources said.
Today it emerged that the female jihadi cell – the first of its kind in France – had wanted to attack the Gare du Lyon in Paris, which is one of the busiest rail stations in Europe.
Police and officers from the DGSI, France’s counter terrorism intelligence agency, had been on the trail of the trio since Sunday, when a car full of gas cannisters was found parked in Paris.
In a briefing after the raid, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: ‘These three young, radicalised women were preparing an imminent and violent attack.’
Forensics are now at an apartment targeted during the raid where one officer was stabbed and a suspect was shot in the head
There were fears it was going to be used in a terrorist attack on the nearby Notre Dame Cathedral, which ISIS has regularly threatened.
The Peugeot 607 belonged to Ines Madani’s father, and sources close to the case said Ines Madani and her accomplices, aged 23 and 39, had tried to set it on fire, before fleeing.
Ines Madani was carrying a ‘last testament’ letter in which she swore allegiance to ISIS and pledged to avenge the death of Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, the ‘ISIS spokesman’ killed by a US drone last month.
The elite group of special forces moved in at around 8pm and armed police and forensics remain on the scene
In a briefing afterwards, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: ‘These three young, radicalised women were preparing an imminent and violent attack’
Another radicalised Frenchwoman who wanted to run away and join ISIS is in custody in Paris after abandoning the car packed with gas cylinders close to Notre Dame
Phone tapping by the French authorities had also revealed that the three women were planning to attack the Gare du Lyon, along with Boussy-Saint-Antoine station. They also wanted to target police officers.
The two older women were today being questioned in a high security police station in Paris, while Ines M. is expected to be interviewed when her health improves.
Four other suspects – two brothers and their girlfriends – also remain in custody over the alleged Notre Dame plot.
A 34-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman have been held since Tuesday after being caught at a motorway service station close to the southern city of Orange.
The officer was stabbed in the shoulder but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening as colleagues stand at the road closures around the scene (pictured)
The three women aged 19, 23, and 39 have not yet been identified by French officials
Forensics are now looking for clues in the apartment after a source has claimed this may have been a test run and attacks could have been planned
The Peugeot had no number plate, but forensics experts managed to find DNA belonging to a couple, who were both well known to police and add to the number arrested
The man’s brother and his girlfriend, both aged 26, were arrested late on Wednesday.
There were seven gas canisters inside the Peugeot, as well as three containers full of petrol, which might have been used to set the car on fire.
The Peugeot had no number plate, but forensics experts managed to find DNA belonging to the suspects.
Three women have been arrested in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, in the Essonne following the finding, and an officer was stabbed by a suspect who was then shot in the head
Investigators have spent the past week raiding the homes of anybody who might be linked to them.
ISIS has threatened Notre Dame as part of its violent campaign against France for sending warplanes to bomb Isis bases in countries including Syria and Iraq.
In May, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal security agency, said he was confident Isis would ‘reach the stage of car bombs’.
The vehicle, a Peugot 607 without a licence plate, was found with its hazard lights flashing close to the landmark building (file picture) in the heart of the French capital
So far the terrorist organisation has used AK47s and suicide vests to murder and maim in the French capital.
But Mr Calvar told a committee of MPs that car bombs were used during terrorist attacks between the 1970s and 1990s.
Many were placed by Israeli and Arab operatives who effectively bought the Israel-Palestine war on to the streets of Paris.
On Tuesday, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the ‘terrorist menace has never been so high’.
On November 13th last year, an ISIS suicide unit carried out a series of attacks that left 137 dead, including the perpetrators.
Paris prosecutors have opened a preliminary investigation into terrorist acts, and are being assisted by the anti-terrorist unit of the Paris criminal brigade.
One of the women who was arrested had already pledged her allegiance to ISIS