Islamic terror suspects held near Lyon

6th January 2004, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, Jan 6 (AFP) - French anti-terrorist police detained seven people including the imam of a mosque in a series of dawn raids Tuesday targetting Islamic militant circles near the southeastern city of Lyon, police officials said.

LYON, France, Jan 6 (AFP) - French anti-terrorist police detained seven people including the imam of a mosque in a series of dawn raids Tuesday targetting Islamic militant circles near the southeastern city of Lyon, police officials said.

The swoop was conducted under a 2002 probe ordered by Paris anti-terrorist judges into a so-called "Chechen network", in which Islamic radicals allegedly underwent terrorist training in camps in the Russian separatist republic of Chechnya and in Georgia in 2000 and 2001.

Among those detained Tuesday was Chellali Benchellali, an imam who is the father of a man detained by the US authorities at the military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Benchellali has another son who was detained in France in 2002 on suspicion of planning attacks on Russian targets.
 

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