5 detained, weapons seized in French anti-terrorism raids

2017-05-02 21:01
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Paris - The Paris prosecutor's office says that five men have been detained and weapons seized in anti-terrorist operations across France, five days ahead of a tense presidential runoff.

The suspects are between 18 and 24 years old. The prosecutor's office says they were picked up in operations in three sites: near the Normandy city of Rouen, in Villeneuve d'Ascq near Lille in northern France and in Roanne in central France.

The Paris prosecutor oversees anti-terrorism investigations.

It is not clear whether the arrests had any link to the presidential campaign. The runoff is on Sunday.

An attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed a police officer in Paris two weeks ago.

France is under a state of emergency after a string of deadly Islamic extremist attacks.

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