France investigates man on suspicion of planning "imminent" attack

A French police source said the raids in the Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek were related to the arrest of 34-year-old Reda Kriket in Paris on March 24, who was found with heavy weapons and explosives in his apartment.
A French police source said the raids in the Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek were related to the arrest of 34-year-old Reda Kriket in Paris on March 24, who was found with heavy weapons and explosives in his apartment. PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (Reuters) - A French judge on Wedesday (March 30) put under formal investigation a Frenchman arrested last week on suspicion of planning an imminent attack, Paris' prosecutor said.

Francois Molins said that the large amount of weapons, including assault rifles and handguns as well as chemicals that could be used for a bomb, had been found at Reda Kriket's apartment.

"Everything suggest that the discovery of this cache avoided a act of extreme violence by a terrorist network ready," Molins told a news conference, adding that Kriket was suspected of going to Syria end 2014.