October 5th, 2010
08:41 AM ET

12 arrested in France for terrorist links, police say

Police arrested 12 people in the south of France Tuesday for having links to terrorist networks, French national police said.

Three of those detained have links to a French man arrested in Italy early last month, whose extradition France has requested, police said. Two of them were arrested in Marseille and the third was arrested in Bordeaux.

The nine other arrests happened throughout southern France, including some in Marseille and at least one in Avignon, police said. Marseille police said the nine have links to an Islamist movement and were suspected of trying to obtain arms and explosives.

It was unclear whether those arrested were French citizens.

None of them has been charged. Under French law, police have six days to question them before charges must be filed.

Italian police said last month they detained a French citizen of Algerian origin suspected of being a member of the terror group al Qaeda. He was arrested by Italian police in Naples on a European arrest warrant requested by France, the Naples chief prosecutor told CNN at the time.

Didier Allard of the Palais de Justice appeals court identified the man as Riahd Hennouni and said an anti-terror judge in Paris had requested his arrest. France requested his extradition from Italy, Allard said.

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  1. phil

    Wow! Europeans issue arrest warrants for suspected terrorists. Maybe if US issued an arrest warrant for binLaden For doing 9/11 he would have been caught by now. As of yet, the US hasn't even indicted him for 9/11, and OBL isn't even mentioned on the FBI's "most wanted" list. I've been patiently waiting for yrs. and STILL this hasn't happened. It is for a fact highly unusual.

    October 5, 2010 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. Texas Vic

    Well phil, now I convinced you are an idiot. Bin Laden has been on the FBIs most wanted for years with a 25 Million dollar reward. Why don't you do a little research before you make really stupid statements.

    October 5, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jim Brieske

    I didn't know having terrorist breakfast sausage was a crime. In fact, I didn't even know terrorists had went into the sausage business.
    President Obama: Please Mr. French President get out of the bedroom and round up some terrorists for me. I need to distract the American people from having attempted to turn the United States of America into a socialist country by manipulating and bribing my fellow democrats. I did get those two dumb republican wenches from New Hampshire to believe me also.

    October 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ibn Lahab

    The Religion Of Peace

    October 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Tex, I did got to the FBI website and binLaden wasn't there. I notice you didn't say anything about an indictment. care to comment?

    October 5, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. phil

    Tex, I checked again and he is NOT wanted by the FBI for dioing 9/11. Back in 1998 he made the most wanted list for something else. As far as 9/11 goes, he is NOT wanted by the FBI. And NO judge of any kind has had evidence brought forward so that an indictment for commiting 9/11 could be issued against bin laden.. Now say yer sorry Tex Vic.

    October 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |