Mar. 31, 2016
- Trove of Islamic State Explosives, Guns Found in Paris – Aurelien Breeden and Lilia Blaisemarch
Reda Kriket, 34, an Islamic State operative who was arrested last week in a Paris suburb, had amassed “an arsenal of weapons and explosives of an unprecedented size,” French authorities announced on Wednesday, reinforcing fears that militants are planning additional assaults on Europe. The arsenal included TATP explosive, which was used in suicide bombs in Paris and Brussels, along with Kalashnikov assault rifles, a submachine gun, pistols, ammunition, four boxes containing thousands of small steel balls, stolen French passports, cellphones, and two computers with instructions to make explosives.
Also on Wednesday, a government official said that a file with the floor plan and photographs of the office of the Belgian prime minister had been found on a laptop computer discarded by one of the terrorists linked to the Brussels attacks. The discarded computer also contained precise information about the prime minister’s residence.
Meanwhile, Ard van der Steur, the Dutch minister for security and justice, said the intelligence division of the New York Police Department had warned the Netherlands on March 16 about links to terrorism of Ibrahim el-Bakraoui and his brother Khalid, two of the suicide bombers in the Brussels attacks on March 22. (New York Times)