Three women arrested over suspicious car in Paris, likely planning ‘imminent’ attack

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French police arrested three women on Thursday in connection to a car containing suspicious gas cylinders that was abandoned in central Paris over the weekend. One of the women was wounded seriously during the operation.

The arrests took place near a train station in the Parisian suburb of Boussy-Saint-Antoine, a day after two more suspects were detained as part of the same investigation.

Speaking at a press conference in Paris, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the women who were detained were likely preparing new “imminent” and “violent” actions.

The daughter of the car’s owner was spotted by police earlier in the vicinity of the arrests. When police moved to detain the three women, one of them fought back with a knife, injuring a member of France’s internal intelligence agency, a police source told FRANCE 24.

The woman was shot by police several times as she attacked the officer and was in critical condition, the source added.

A total of seven people, including the injured woman, have been arrested by police over the suspicious car.

The vehicle, containing six gas cylinders, was found on Saturday near the Notre Dame Cathedral, a major draw for tourists visiting the French capital.

Anti-terror investigators have been probing the incident, which comes while France is in a state of high alert following a string of jihadist attacks.

Speaking earlier on Thursday, President François Hollande referred to attack plots that been foiled “in recent days”, without elaborating.

A first couple, held since Tuesday as part of the investigation into the abandoned car, are known to the security services for links to radical Islamists.