French Man Arrested for Plotting Imminent Attack Prosecutors Say
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News March 30, 2016
A Frenchmen who was arrested outside Paris days after the Brussels terror attacks has been charged with a number of terror offenses for allegedly plotting an "imminent attack," Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said Wednesday.
Molins said the suspect, Reda Kriket, had an "unprecedented scale" of weapons including Kalashnikovs, explosives and detonators. He is accused of participating in a terror group, preparing an attack, possessing and transporting weapons, manufacturing explosives and possessing fake documents.
The prosecutor also alleged connections between Kriket and at least three other people who have been detained in recent days in connection with terrorism. One man was arrested in the Dutch city of Rotterdam and two others in Belgium.
Authorities allegedly found five Kalashnikov rifles, seven smaller weapons, TATP (the explosive used in the Paris and Brussels attacks), detonators, acid, nitroglycerin, various equipment that could be used to create explosives and ball bearings. Investigators also found seven cellphones and two computers.
Kriket was charged in abstentia in Belgium last summer for allegedly recruiting jihadists and sending them to Syria. His arrest was the result of an investigation that opened in November after an unidentified man was arrested and deported from Turkey.
When authorities sought to determine the man's connections, they came up with two
names: Kriket's and a man named Anis Barri, who Molins said was the man recently arrested in Rotterdam, officials said.
Authorities found Kriket after a car owned by Barri and under surveillance, left Argenteuil, France for Belgium on March 11. Kriket was driving that car, Molins said. He was located on March 23 and arrested the next day in the town of Boulogne Billancourt.
Kriket had been paying cash every month for an apartment in Argenteuil, which he rented under a false identity.
Authorities believe that Kriket traveled to Syria in 2014 and 2015 and made multiple trips between France and Belgium. Three others have also been arrested in Belgium and the Netherlands in connection with Kriket’s case.