An 18-year-old young woman is suspected of planning an attack on a church during the Easter holidays.
The worst was well avoided this weekend in Béziers. On the night of April 3 to 4, investigators from the DGSI, assisted by the RAID, arrested five women in the district of La Devèze in Béziers. The target, an 18-year-old young woman arrested with her mother and three sisters, had been spotted less than 48 hours before when she threatened to attack a church on the occasion of the Easter holidays.
Thursday morning, April 8, the national anti-terrorism prosecution, which opened a preliminary investigation on April 3, said in a statement that after 96 hours, his custody had been lifted. LB, French from a family of Moroccan origin and unknown to the intelligence services, will be presented to an investigating judge on Friday as part of the opening of a judicial investigation for “criminal terrorist association and detention of incendiary or explosive substances or products or elements intended to make up an incendiary or explosive device to prepare for destruction, degradation or injury to persons, in connection with a terrorist enterprise ”.
During the search of the family apartment, described as “Very crowded” by a source close to the file, the police found, in the girl’s room, several bottles of chemicals that could serve as explosives precursors (acetone, sulfuric acid, hydrogen peroxide that could be used to make TATP, a widely used explosive by Islamist terrorists). Two devices were also discovered which could constitute improvised explosive devices during assembly (in particular with the use of a cell phone).
Other items were in the room: a printed photograph of Samuel Paty’s beheading, pictures of armed jihadists and a spiral notebook containing, among other things, a handwritten recipe for making explosives, notes referring to various violent action projects and others evoking Daesh but also certain symbols of Nazism. Propaganda images of jihadist groups were also found in the phones of LB, who had in his possession a drawing of a church in Béziers located near his home.
On Sunday, a source close to the investigation explained that LB’s family was known to social services, the young woman having also been out of school for two years. His mother and sisters, unknown to the intelligence services or for radicalization, were released without prosecution.
Since last October, this is the fourth foiled attack plan fomented by young people aged 15 to 18 (one in Moselle in October 2020, two in Mantes-la-Jolie and Marseille in March 2021 and LB in Béziers).