BREAKING: Two Egyptian brothers arrested as Police foil poison terror attack in France

A police officer stand near members of the RAID police unit officers outside the Paris' Orly airport on March 18, 2017 following the shooting of a man by French security forces. Troops at Paris' Orly airport on March 18, 2017 shot dead a man who tried to grab a soldier's weapon, triggering a major security scare that shut down the airport and left thousands of travellers stranded. Nobody was hurt in the incident which comes as France remains on high alert following a series of jihadist attacks that have claimed over 230 lives since January 2015. Prosecutors said they had launched an anti-terrorism investigation. / AFP PHOTO / Benjamin CREMEL

Police in France have foiled a suspected terror attack and arrested two brothers of Egyptian origin in Paris, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. The pair are suspected of planning attack using the poison ricin.

“There were two young people of Egyptian origin who were preparing to commit an attack, with either explosives or ricin, this very powerful poison,” the minister said on BFMTV.

“They had tutorials that showed how to make ricin-based poisons,” Collomb said, adding that they had communicated via the Telecom encrypted messaging app.

The revelation came after a 29-year-old man was killed and five other people injured in a deadly knife attack in Paris last Saturday night.

Collomb did not indicate when they were arrested, but a source close to the inquiry said they were detained in the northern 18th Arrondissement of Paris on May 11, the day before Khamzat Azimov carried out his knife rampage.

In February Collomb said that France had foiled two terror attacks since the beginning of the year targeting a leading sports team and the armed forces.

“Since January 1, we have foiled two planned attacks which had not been totally finalised but a number of people were in the process of trying to
execute them,” Collomb told Europe 1 radio at the time.

One was “in the east” of the country and one “in the west”, he said. One of them was planned against a “big sports team” where “young people were
targeted”, and the other the armed forces.

He said police had followed a number of people suspected Islamists and arrested them.

“That is how we were able to thwart” these plots, Collomb said, but declined to give further details as to the location of those held or the planned targets.

According to official figures, 20 attacks were foiled in France in 2017.

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