Ten people suspected of using encrypted social networks to prepare a possible attack were arrested Tuesday in counterterrorism operations in France and Switzerland, according to French officials.
Among them were a 23-year-old Colombian woman and 27-year-old Swiss man, both targets of a Swiss investigation into banned Islamic extremist groups. Nine arrests were made in the French towns of Aix-en-Provence in southern France, Menton on the Mediterranean coast and Paris suburbs. One suspect in Switzerland was using the Telegram network to communicate with people in France about violent acts. The two countries have set up a joint investigation team to continue their counter-terrorism operation.
France has also asked Turkey to hand over a prisoner suspected of complicity in the 2015 Paris attacks which claimed 130 lives. Sought for arrest is Ahmed Dahmani, a Belgian-Moroccan, an accomplice of the notorious Salah Abdeslam, the only attacker who survived.