Anti-terrorist raids are currently underway across France, authorities said. The operations come following Friday’s co-ordinated attacks by jihadists in Paris that killed more than 120 people and left hundreds injured, SIA reports quoting the local media.
The operations to track down suspected Islamists were confirmed by France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday.
Raids are ongoing in the city of Toulouse in the South of France. At least 200 armed personnel mostly from GIPN (French National Police Intervention Groups) and RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, Deterrence unit) are deployed in the city.
Social media have been flooded by photos of dozens of armed officers apparently detaining suspects and numerous police vehicles driving in the city.
The raids in the city of Lyon in east-central France have resulted in at least five arrested and seizure of weapons, including rocket-propelled grenades.