French Police have foiled a terrorist attack against Disneyland Paris after seven men were arrested in the French city of Strasbourg and the southern city of Marseille during major counter-terrorism raids last weekend.
The Isis terror cell which consisted of French, Moroccan and Afghan nationalities planned to attack Disneyland Paris and the Champs Elysees Christmas market on 1 December Police sources said.
The suspects who were detained after an eight-month investigation by French counter-terror officers also planned to target France’s counter-intelligence services hub, the Police crime-investigation headquarters and the nearby high court building, a source close to the inquiry told Reuters.
The targets and the date of the planned assault were taken from information found on a smartphone, police sources said. Security sources confirmed some of the suspects had fought in Syria and were linked to the Isis cell which carried out the Paris attacks in November 2015, which left 130 people dead.
Disneyland Paris said in a statement that the safety and security of its guests is ‘our number one priority’, adding: ‘We work closely with state and local authorities, and constantly review the security measures we have in place.’
Two handguns, an automatic pistol, a machine pistol and jihadist propaganda were found during the raids.