Saturday, 18 September 2010

Suicide Bombers Planned to attack Jews in Paris

I am not sure if I missed this story in March, or if the details are just coming out now. This is a very worrying trend.

The French target was a fundraiser for IDF soldiers in March, at which the commander of the navy, Rear Admiral Eli Marom, was guest of honour.

Security was stepped up around Jewish institutions there following the arrest of the group by Egyptian security forces as they attempted to board a plane to France.

The thwarted attack was part of what France's interior minister Brice Hortefeux described as a "worrying spiral" of threats to the Jewish community there. Threatening letters were recently posted to two community centres in the city. And France's intelligence chief Bernard Squarcini warned this week that the risk of an attack on French soil has "never been higher".

He told Journal du Dimanche that one terrorist was being extradited to France, accused of planning to blow himself up at the Libi Fund event, attended by over 1,000 people.

However, according to Israeli sources, the would-be bombers were French citizens of Palestinian and North African origin, who smuggled their way into the Gaza Strip in order to train in a terror camp identified with the Islamic Jihad.