French police shoot dead suspect in nationwide anti-terror raid

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 4:43am


A man was shot dead yesterday in the eastern French city of Strasbourg while being arrested by police in a nationwide anti-terrorist operation, judicial and police sources said.

About 10 others were arrested as part of the operation directed at a suspected Salafist network. The anti-terror sweep was continuing in several cities around France.

According to initial reports, when police entered the suspect's home in Strasbourg, he shot at them. They returned fire and fatally wounded him, a source close to the inquiry said.

Another man arrested in the Paris suburbs was said to be armed and "dangerous".

Police swooped simultaneously in several cities, among them Cannes in the southeast, where a man was detained without resistance.

The police operation was part of an investigation into the September 19 incident when "a minimally powerful explosive" was hurled into a kosher grocery store in Sarcelles, in the Paris suburbs, a judicial source said.

That incident left one person slightly injured but triggered strong reaction in the town's large Jewish community.

A source, asked about the readiness of extremists to carry out other attacks, said that the suspects had "a list of objectives" and that the inquiry had to determine whether plans were well advanced or had simply been discussed among the suspects.