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French Police Kill One, Arrest 10 in Anti-Terror Sweep

French police officers stand guard at the entrance of a building in Strasbourg, France, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, where a suspect was shot dead after firing at police.
French police officers stand guard at the entrance of a building in Strasbourg, France, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, where a suspect was shot dead after firing at police.
Lisa Bryant
Police in France killed one man and arrested 10 others in an anti-terror sweep in cities across the country Saturday.  Authorities have linked the suspects to the firebombing last month of a Jewish grocery store outside the city.

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that the main suspect, 33-year-old Jeremy Sidney, was killed by police as he opened fire on them during a Saturday morning raid in the eastern city of Strasbourg. 

The prosecutor described Sidney as a delinquent with ties to radical Islam.  Molins said police had linked Sidney to the DNA found on a grenade that exploded in September at a kosher store near Paris.

Molins said police were questioning 10 others following raids that also took place in southern France and the Paris region.  A couple of other suspects remain at large.  The prosecutor said all the suspects were French nationals and at least three have police records. 

Molins said police had cracked a terror cell - a move that drew praise from French President Francois Hollande.  

The September grenade explosion came amid angry Muslim protests against the publication of French cartoons and a crude privately produced American video mocking the Prophet Muhammad. 

Concern in France about homegrown, radical Islam heightened this year, after Islamist Mohammed Merah killed seven people in the southern city of Toulouse.  Four of those killed were Jewish.

On Wednesday, France's Socialist government introduced legislation that would increase the power of the police to detect and arrest people attending combat training camps in conflict zones like Pakistan and Afghanistan.  That was the case with Merah.

 

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by: Dr. Malek M. Towghi from: East Lansing, MI, USA
October 08, 2012 12:40 AM
Dear Levy, THANKS for your kind words. It is an honor and a blessing for me to have friends' prayers from Jerusalem. LOVE & PEACE, Malek

by: Levy from: Israel
October 07, 2012 7:20 PM
Dr, Malek M. Towghi, God bless you, in recognition of your incisive thoughts and penetrating observation and powerful articulation... you are truly a man who walk in the shadow of God... fear no evil... from all of us little tiny insignificant people who sit in Jerusalem hoping for peace and listen to the voice of Nusrat Ali Kahn ...

by: Marshall
October 07, 2012 5:55 AM
If people were not involved in activities harmful to the State and
its citizens, there would be no action taken against them. Inaction and failure to act, by the Police and Government Agencies would be fraught with danger. People should think of their own Country carefully, those protecting us, have an extremely difficult and dangerous job24/7 for which we all should be grateful.

by: Laura from: USA
October 06, 2012 11:31 PM
Sting, please be aware that the US is fully capable of realizing the risks inherent in any communications with the British Intelligence services regarding Muslim infiltration into their Government, and sensitive services... The US France Israel and Germany has active robust and thorough cooperation and integrated intelligence services. The UK is excluded from the equation for the obvious reasons, some of which you have correctly sited... and others are rooted in their systematic betrayal of one ally against the other... they have constantly tried to sabotage the close relations between Germany and the US... Israel and the US... US and Japan... but we are aware of their games and it cost them far more than they realize...

by: Dr. Malek Muhammad Towghi from: USA
October 06, 2012 10:48 PM
Bravo, the French. God protect you and the whole civilized world including Israel.

by: rick from: u.s
October 06, 2012 8:39 PM
I don't know which is worse,the fact that the police tell this version of the story and everyone buys it or the fact that the only reason their is muslim mania is because thats what the media tells you to think. o.k. lets put this in perspective,how can the police always find radical terrorist and crimes against jews but hardly solve others. dna on a handgrenade,you have got to be kidding me. they had to shoot him because there is no way that would stand in court. as far as the other comments go talking of muslims taking over countries go,let me ask you in any country. how many muslims own your media networks,banks and hold public office? now ask yourself how they took over your country. and please don't say political correctness because police target muslims and the media always portrays them as terrorist and half the people in any country are not afraid to publicly say anything about them for fear of critics. bs.

by: Wodehouse from: UK
October 06, 2012 5:45 PM
if you exclude the UK and forge a better relations between the US Israel and France you are guaranteed incredible results... root out Islam maintain guaranteed freedom of conscience and expression individual liberties rule of law and pursuit of happiness.

Thank God for France - our new fierce world leader

by: Sting from: UK
October 06, 2012 5:35 PM
its about time...!!! France - we need your leadership...!!! Britain is completely paralyzed with fear of Muslims who permeated every segment of Government and security structure and is in the process of doing active harm to intelligence agencies throughout the world specifically the Americans...

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