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A man rammed a van into a Christmas market in Nantes, wounding at least 10 people, and then stabbed himself. The day before, at least 11 people were wounded as a car repeatedly targeted pedestrians in Dijon; the prosecutor said the hour-long rampage by a driver shouting "Allahu Akhbar" was not a terrorist act as the man was mentally ill. Burundian officials arrested known extremist Brice Nzohabonayo, the brother of Bertrand Nzohabonayo, who was shot dead on Dec. 20 when he attacked three policemen with a knife in Tours; authorities are investigating to see if attacks are being planned in Burundi.
Police shot and killed a man who attacked three police officers with a knife, wounding two seriously, at a police station in Tours. The attacker, a Burundian known to the police for previous crimes, shouted "Allahu Akhbar" during the attack; his brother was a known extremist who had tried to travel to Syria.
Defense Minister LeDrian said France is willing to coordinate a regional task force in Africa to confront Boko Haram; the 2,800-strong force was pledged by regional powers in July but has not yet materialized. He urged greater cooperation among African nations on security matters. He also noted that jihadists driven from Mali have regrouped in southern Libya and threaten the stability of the region. The UN's special envoy to the Sahel region warned that "the Boko Haram problem is no longer limited to Nigeria" and also that the Islamic State appears to be running training camps in Libya.
During raids in Toulouse, Paris, Bordeaux, and Normandy, antiterrorism police arrested at least 10 suspected members of a jihadist recruiting network, as part of an investigation begun in late 2013. Among those arrested were two prison inmates and a woman. The number of French jihadists traveling to Syria has risen at least 80 percent this year.
The Foreign Ministry said several people were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan by a suicide bombing at a French school in the city. The French military announced that Ahmed el Tilemsi, a top commander in the al Qaeda-linked al Mourabitoun, was killed by French forces in Mali. A French media report claimed that Toulouse shooter Mohamed Merah and two accomplices robbed a jewelry store in Toulouse during the week in which he conducted three attacks.
Serge Lazarevic, a Frenchman held hostage by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb since 2011, arrived back in France. Lazarevic was reportedly freed in exchange for the release of AQIM members Heiba Ag Acherif and Mohammed Ali Ag Wadossene; the French government did not disclose whether a ransom was paid. President Hollande thanked the presidents of Mali and Niger for their help in freeing Lazarevic, and said no more French hostages are being held anywhere. The mother of a teenage French boy who is now allegedly fighting for the Al Nusrah Front in Syria has sued the French government for failing to stop him from traveling to Syria last year.
Nabil Ouerfelli and Yasmine Znaidi, two leaders of the Paris and Gaza-based Islamic charity Pearl of Hope, have been charged with financing terrorism, and the charity has been shut down. Ouerfelli, who also fought in Syria, has links to militant groups there, including the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. A suspected Boko Haram attack on a French cement factory in Nigeria was repelled by Nigerian forces. A French anti-Semitism association reported that there have been nearly 900 incidents of threats and violence against Jews in France so far this year, more than double last year's total.
A French special forces soldier was killed and two other soldiers were wounded in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Burkina Faso. The National Assembly voted to urge the recognition of Palestine as a state.
French jihadist Mickael Dos Santos and his mother denied that he was featured in a recent Islamic State video as an executioner. The mayor of the small town of Labastide-Rouairoux in southern France identified French jihadist Abou Ossama Al-Faranci as appearing in the video, and noted that he had left Toulouse for Syria about a year ago.