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France Arrests 3 'Radicalized' Women Linked to Possible Attack

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French policemen take part in a police raid at a residential building in Boussy-Saint-Antoine near Paris, France, Sept. 8, 2016. Police were investigating an abandoned car packed with gas cylinders near Paris' Notre Dame cathedral.

French policemen take part in a police raid at a residential building in Boussy-Saint-Antoine near Paris, France, Sept. 8, 2016. Police were investigating an abandoned car packed with gas cylinders near Paris' Notre Dame cathedral.

French police have arrested three female suspects in connection with a car containing six gas cylinders that was discovered this week in Paris.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the three women, between the ages of 19 and 39, were "radicalized fanatics" who were preparing "new violent … and imminent actions."

The arrests resulted from an investigation of a car containing gas canisters found near Paris' Notre Dame cathedral earlier this week. The owner of the car is the father of one of the suspects.

One of the women was shot during the arrest, and a police officer suffered a knife wound.

Since early 2015, more than 200 people have been killed in France in terrorist attacks. This year alone, 260 arrests have been made in France in relation to terrorist activities, Cazeneuve said.

A bar employee working near Notre Dame first raised the alert Sunday after noticing a gas cylinder on the back seat of the parked car. The car had no license plates and its hazard lights were flashing.

Although the cylinder on the back seat was empty, five full cylinders were discovered in the trunk of the car, as were three bottles of diesel fuel.

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