France charges main suspect in foiled attack plot

A French police officer on duty at the Boulevard de Barbes in the north of Paris on January 7, 2016France on Wednesday charged the main suspect in a foiled attack plot, found with an arsenal of weapons and explosives at his home, with membership of a terrorist organisation. The move comes as investigators step up efforts to smash a tangled web of Islamic State-linked extremists blamed for both the November Paris attacks and last week’s suicide bombings on Brussels airport and metro that killed 32 people. French national Reda Kriket, 34, was arrested near Paris last week and a police raid on his apartment netted a cache of assault rifles, handguns and TATP, the highly volatile homemade explosive favoured by IS jihadists.

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