Cyanide gas attack thwarted in France

23rd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, March 22 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said Tuesday that extremists based outside of Paris had been planning an attack using cyanide gas.

PARIS, March 22 (AFP) - French Interior Minister Dominique de Villepin said Tuesday that extremists based outside of Paris had been planning an attack using cyanide gas.

The Romainville-La Courneuve cell based in the two northern Parisian suburbs was "preparing an attack with cyanide gas" before being dismantled by French intelligence operatives in December 2002, the minister told the French upper-house Senate.

He told lawmakers terrorists "have changed their methods," and certain groups were seeking to "acquire weapons of mass destruction, notably chemical, biological and radiological."

De Villepin said investigations into the cell were continuing, with one person connected with the group arrested in January and two last week.

He said police seized more than EUR 100,000 (USD 130,000), with part of them destined to fund training camps.

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