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French police arrest suspected jihadists heading for Syria

Published on May 13, 2014 6:36 PM
 
French special Police forces escort a suspect from a residential building in the Meinau suburb of Strasbourg, on May 13, 2014. French anti-terror police on Tuesday arrested six people suspected of going to join jihadist fighters in Syria, the interior minister said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

STRASBOURG (AFP) - French anti-terror police on Tuesday arrested six people suspected of going to join jihadist fighters in Syria, the interior minister said.

Armed officers made the arrests in early morning raids in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the raid demonstrated "the government's absolute determination to fight with all its force against terrorism and the indoctrination of young people".

Cazeneuve said earlier this month that 285 French citizens were currently fighting in Syria, despite a slew of measures to prevent people from travelling to the war-torn country.

 
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