French police thwart terrorist attack in Orleans

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday that several days earlier his country's police had arrested two young men, aged 20 and 24, one from Togo with a criminal record and the other of Moroccan origin, who planned to carry out a coordinated terrorist attack against a police station and military bases in the area of the city of Orleans, located about 200 kilometers southwest of Paris. The two were in contact with a jihadist who is suspected of supplying the two men with weapons, ammunition and financing for the attack. The jihadist returned recently from Syria and was under surveillance by French intelligence organizations.

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