France arrests 14 over Islamist jail break plot

18th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

French police on Tuesday arrested 14 alleged Islamists suspected of plotting to spring the author of a bloody bomb attack on the Paris metro from jail, a judicial official said Tuesday.

Anti-terrorist police swooped on several addresses in Paris and its suburbs and in the central region of Cantal, the official said, speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity.

The 14 are suspected of having planned to break out Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, who was jailed for life in 2002 after being found guilty of a 1995 bomb attack on a Paris underground station which wounded 30 people.

No more details have been released at this stage, and under French anti-terror laws the suspects can be held for police questioning for up to four days before a magistrate has to rule on their continued detention.

© 2010 AFP

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