French Police Arrest Bastille Day Terror Suspects
NEWS 10/06/2039 12:39 PM ET
French Police Arrest Bastille Day Terror Suspects
by Daniel Stavroppolos

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The view of the rebuilt Arc de Triomphe after this year's Bastille Day parade was halted.
French police last night arrested three men after a violent confrontation with residents within a suburban French apartment building near Paris.

The three are suspected of planning this year's Bastille Day terrorist attack, bringing to a close an investigation which has lasted almost three months.

"Today is a day we can be proud. Today is a day that French people can rest easy because three dangerous individuals are finally in the custody of French police," said Minister of the Interior Orlene Monnier this morning, addressing the media.

Monnier confirmed that at 3:30 a.m. local time, police officers belonging to an elite RAID unit stormed a home on an upper floor of an apartment block situated on Cité Président Salvador Allende in Saint-Denis, a commune located northeast of Paris.

Upon arriving at the 11th floor of the building, officers were attacked by multiple residents wielding AK-47 rifles, assorted knives and swords, and molotov cocktails. After a fifteen minute battle officers gained access to the home in question, and were able to pacify the occupants using stun grenades.

French police have not released the names of the three men.

The July 14 Bastille Day attack was one of the worst terrorist incidences in French history. 345 people were killed and 664 injured in synchronized strikes against onlookers.

Six attackers were embedded among the tens of thousands of people gathered astride the Champs-Elysées for the Bastille Day military parade. They were located across a 300m span from Rue Galilée to Rue Quentin-Bauchart, close to the fenceline separating the crowds from the parade.

Two further assailants drove a van along Rue Washington, stopping within 75m of the main thoroughfare.

At approximately 11:10 a.m., explosives in the van were detonated in, killing 28 and causing severe damage to the surrounding buildings.

The remaining insurgents, utilizing the explosion on Rue Washington as a distraction, committed further individual attacks: four suicide bombs were detonated and two men opened fire on the crowds gathered, before being killed by police on the fenceline.

The four suicide bombs claimed a total of 262 lives, while deaths from insurgent gunfire came to 55. The parade was immediately halted and then cancelled as French police cordoned off the area surrounding the attacks and paramedics arrived to treat the wounded.

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Locations of the Bastille Day terror attacks.

French President Henri Cornellier ordered France's disaster response ORSEC plan to be implemented and a week of national mourning was declared.

"We mourn for the dead, and we will vow never to give in and never to forget," said Cornellier in an address to media.

Officers previously raided premises in Aubervilliers, Bobigny, and Rosny-sous-Bois as the manhunt progressively widened after the attack.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Islamic State's territory has again shrunk to around its traditional strongold of Raqqa, but concerns linger over the organization's ability to inspire radicalism around the world. 2029's demolition of the Arc de Triomphe stunned the world and announced IS' return, even as experts doubted the perpetrators could have been formerly associated with the terror group.
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