BREAKING: Frenchman Arrested in 'Advanced Stages' of New Terror Plot
A Frenchman was arrested Thursday in the “advanced stages” of a plot to attack the country, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
However, Cazeneuve said the man arrested in Argenteuil, on the northern outskirts of Paris, was not linked “at this stage” to recent attacks in Paris and Brussels.
He said the person was implicated at a “high level” in the alleged plot but provided no details.
Earlier, the fugitive terrorist suspect who was captured in Brussels just days before a series of coordinated bombings ripped through the Belgian capital on Tuesday -- and who claimed he knew nothing of that deadly plot -- as reportedly planning a larger, Paris-style attack involving both mass shootings and suicide blasts.
Salah Abdeslam, the lone surviving suspect of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, denied knowing about the Brussels attacks, which killed at least 31 and wounded at least 270, his lawyer said in court on Thursday. But Abdeslam, who was captured Friday following a four-month manhunt, was set to participate in what could have been an even deadlier massacre, according to Belgian broadcaster VRT.
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