Swiss, French police conduct counter-terrorism raids


A total of ten people were detained in counterterrorism operations in France and Switzerland on Tuesday. Swiss prosecutors said the 10 people were detained on suspicion of violating laws, which are forbidding the Islamic State and al-Qaeda organizations as well as other terrorist groups, Reuters reported.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said last week at least 32 planned attacks had been foiled over the last two years "thanks to information from overseas or through specific measures related to the state of emergency". The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, would not provide details about their identities.

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Nine of the arrests were committed in Southeast France and the capital of Paris. A Swiss man aged 27 was among those arrested in parallel French police swoops linked to Islamist militant activity, they added.

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Among the French towns targeted in the operation were Aix-en-Provence in southern France and Menton on the Mediterranean coast, as well as Paris suburbs, according to a French security official.

A 23-year-old Colombian woman was arrested in Switzerland, while those arrested in France included two brothers who were known to have been radicalized, the sources said. Lauber's office said the woman was expected to remain in custody until she appears before a court.

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The arrests took place one week after France introduced stricter national security laws to permanently replace emergency powers that had been given to intelligence services and police following deadly attacks on Paris two years ago.