French police seek 3 men suspected in Paris attack plot

2017-05-10 05:20
The French police have launched a search for three men, one of them Zabihullah Sarwari from Afghanistan. (AP)

The French police have launched a search for three men, one of them Zabihullah Sarwari from Afghanistan. (AP)

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Paris - French police on Tuesday launched a search for three men suspected of plotting an Islamic State group-inspired attack after authorities conducted a major operation at a Paris train station.

A ticket vendor in the northern town of Valenciennes thought she recognised one of the three men listed on police wanted notices on social networks. That prompted the police operation and the temporary closure of one of Paris' main transit hubs, the Gare du Nord, late on Monday. No arrests have been made.

Rocco Contento of Unite SGP police union said the vendor had informed the police. Two other police officers confirmed the information.

The three suspects have been identified by police as Belgian citizens Bilal Al Marchohi and Tarik Jadaoun and Afghan national Zabihullah Sarwari.

State of emergency

The busy Gare du Nord - the terminus of a large suburban and national rail network as well as the hub for Eurostar trains from London - was evacuated as officers from the special BRI intervention force started pouring into the station.

A security perimeter was established and all passengers on the train from Valenciennes were taken to a nearby brasserie to be searched, Contento said.

"Unfortunately it was determined that the person was not in the train," Contento said.

Police said the operation went smoothly and ended early on Tuesday.

The operation came the day after a tense presidential election won by independent Emmanuel Macron, who has said one of his top priorities will be ensuring France's security.

France remains under a state of emergency imposed after a series of Islamic extremist attacks in 2015.

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