Austrian link mooted for French terror arrests
The Local · 21 Jan 2015, 10:13
Published: 21 Jan 2015 10:13 GMT+01:00
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According to a report in the Kurier newspaper there is some suspicion that the Chechens may have been planning an attack in Austria. However, Austria’s Interior Ministry has denied there is any connection to Austria.
The men were known to organised crime units but not those investigating terrorism, French officials said.
The Chechens were arrested in raids in Beziers and Saint-Jean-de-Vedas, near Montpellier.
A cache of explosives was found during police searches, and investigators are trying to determine whether the men were planning an attack.
People "shouldn't jump to conclusions" about the arrests, said Yvon Calvet, a prosecutor in Beziers. He added that there is no evidence that the Chechens had a “radical religious” background.