Three women who were arrested in connection with a car loaded with gas cylinders, found near Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral, had been planning an attack on a major rail hub, the French interior ministry said on Friday. “An alert has been issued to all stations but they had planned to attack the Gare de Lyon on Thursday,” an official said.
Sunday’s discovery of the car, laden with seven gas cylinders, launched a terrorism investigation. Islamist militants have killed more than 230 people in France since January 2015.
“These three women — aged 39, 23 and 19 — had been radicalized, were fanatics and were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act,” Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said late on Thursday.
One of the women stabbed a police officer during her arrest before being shot and wounded. The women were arrested in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, some 20 miles southeast of Paris.
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