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A French court questioned and released Souad Merah, the sister of al Qaeda-linked Toulouse shooter Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in 2012. She had spoken approvingly of Merah's actions and of Osama bin Laden. So far three people have been charged in the investigation, including Merah's brother Abdelkader; 30 people have been detained and released.
Counterterrorism authorities announced the prevention of an imminent terrorist attack in the Cote d'Azur region and the arrest of a jihadist who had returned from Syria. The suspect, Ibrahim B., had fled in 2012 along with two other members of the terrorist group Cannes-Torcy to Syria, where they allegedly joined the Al Nusrah Front. A raid on his apartment in Mandelieu-La-Napoule, near Cannes resulted in the seizure of 900 grams of the explosive TATP, along as well as a gun and a computer. Al Qaeda has reissued a call for attacks in France.
French intelligence is questioning seven men and a woman who are suspected of planning to travel to Syria to fight for terrorist groups. The eight suspects were arrested yesterday in and around Paris. An al Qaeda-linked media outlet issued a call on March 7 encouraging "our lone wolves in France" to assassinate President Hollande and attack French government targets in retaliation for France's role in Mali and the Central African Republic.
Three young men who aspired to be Syrian jihadists were handed prison terms ranging from two to five years, in the first prosecution of its kind in France. Youssef Ettaoujar, Salah-Eddine Gourmat, and Fares Farsi were arrested in May 2012 while trying to board a flight to Turkey. Last week a 14-year-old girl was stopped from flying to Turkey.
Romain L., a.k.a. Abu Siyad Al-Normandy, a 26-year-old Muslim convert from Calvados, appeared in court on charges of incitement to terrorism for administering the jihadist website Ansar al Haqq and translating al Qaeda's magazine Inspire into French. He is the first person to be prosecuted under a law that was enacted in late 2012. In recent years, al Qaeda has increasingly called for cyber-jihad.