'Terror attack halted' as raids result in nine arrests in France

'Terror attack halted' as raids result in nine arrests in France

Police arrested nine people in France (Stock image)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Local media in France claims a planned attack on Nice has been halted following the arrests of nine people in an anti-terror operation today (November 7).

Reports claim those arrested in Ile-de-France and the Provence-Alpes-Cotes-d'Azur are aged between 18 and 60.

They were arrested during raids by specialist counter-terrorist police, according to The Local.

Sources told AFP that two of the group are brothers who are known to have been radicalised.

It is also claimed that those arrested had used the Telegram app, which allows users to send encrypted messages, to make "disturbing remarks."

A 27-year-old man was also arrested in Switzerland. It is claimed he had allegedly contacted a 14-year-old boy in France who would have been the perpetrator of the planned attack.

The boy had already been arrested earlier this year and has been charged, reports say.

An investigation is still ongoing as to what the alleged full plot was and how far it had been developed.