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France: 3 Muslim women in court over alleged terror plots

PARIS: Three French female radicals arrested on suspicion of planning further attacks after a failed bid to blow up a car in Paris were taken to court to be charged on Monday, prosecutors said.

The women, who are believed to have been spurred by repeated calls by the Islamic State group for attacks in France, are suspected of having planned to strike a train station in the Paris area or to target police.

The three were brought before anti-terrorism judges. They face charges of involvement in a terrorist conspiracy and attempted murder.

Sources close to the investigation said they had discussed obtaining suicide belts or ramming cars filled with explosives into buildings.

One of the women was found in possession of a letter professing her allegiance to IS, which ordered or claimed several attacks in France over the past year, including the carnage in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

A 15-year-old boy arrested in eastern Paris at the weekend was also brought before investigating magistrates Monday to be charged with conspiring to commit attacks.

The youth had written to contacts on Telegram — the encrypted messaging app widely used by jihadists in France — of his plans to carry out a knife attack, sources said.