A French IT student and known jihadist sympathier has been arrested for allegedly planning attacks on churches, some three months after Paris was hit by an extremist killing spree.
The 24-year-old Franco-Algerian’s plans were exposed purely by chance after he called an ambulance over a bullet injury to his leg.
Police traced a trail of Sid Ahmed Ghlam’s blood to his car, where they discovered an arsenal of weapons, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters.
“Several war weapons, hand guns, ammunition, bullet-proof vests and computer and telephone hardware” were found in his car and his student flat in central Paris.
Cazeneuve told reporters that apart from the weapons, police had also discovered detailed research “clearly establishing that the person was planning to commit an imminent attack against one or two churches.”
“Sunday morning, this attack was foiled.”