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France foiled ‘9/11-inspired' plane hijacking attack, national security chief reveals


Added 10-17-19 08:37:03pm EST - “A terrorist plot inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks in the US was foiled recently by French police, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has revealed, defending his record after fatal stabbings at the Paris police HQ.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “France foiled ‘9/11-inspired’ plane hijacking attack, national security chief reveals”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

During his appearance on the France 2 TV show called ‘Vous avez la parole’ (You have the word) on Thursday, Castaner brought up for the first time last month’s arrest of “an individual who wanted to take inspiration from September 11.” 

The wannabe attacker had a “project” to hijack a plane and was “getting organized” to do so, the minister said, offering no further details.

French media filled in some of the blanks later in the day, citing police sources. The suspect lived in the Hauts-de-Seine department, just west of central Paris, and is a French national under 30 years of age, according to these reports.

60 attentats ont été déjoués depuis 2013 et chaque semaine des individus sont interpellés.Nos services de renseignement œuvrent, quotidiennement, à notre protection.Je veux leur rendre hommage et leur dire ce soir, à nouveau, toute ma reconnaissance.#VALPpic.twitter.com/paUu8zNVr0

He was also reportedly considering carrying out the attack in another EU country, because France was under “too much surveillance,” according to these same sources. Police and the French counter-intelligence service DGSI reportedly did have him under surveillance for three to four months, as the suspect sought accomplices via social media. 

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