French Islamist Thwarted From Attacking Christians At Churches
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve acknowledged on Wednesday that French Christians got lucky; an Islamic terrorist armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles who allegedly intended to attack churchgoers was only stopped because he accidentally shot himself in the leg and called for an ambulance. The suspect was arrested in Paris on Sunday after police arrived and followed blood stains to his car, where handguns, a Kalashnikov assault rifle and bullet proof vests were stashed and notes about his intended targets were found. A later search of his apartment found three Kalashnikov assault rifles, as well as hones and computers which police said showed he’d been in communication with someone “who could have been in Syria,” according to Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins
The suspect, a 24-year-old computer science student from Algeria, had been noted as a risk last year and again earlier this year, but Cazeneuve said there had been no specific reason to pursue him. The terrorist is also suspected in the death of Aurelie Chatelain, 32, who was in Paris visiting a training session for her work as a ring girl in boxing matches. She was found dead Sunday morning.
A search of his apartment in southeastern Paris turned up more weapons including three Kalashnikov assault rifles along with phones and computers that police used to establish that he’d been in communication with someone “who could have been in Syria,” Molins said at a news conference. Molins added that the person communicating with the suspect “explicitly asked him to target a church.”