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France Thwarts December ISIS Terrorist Attack, Officials Say

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French officials arrested five ISIS affiliates planning a Dec. 1 terrorist attack in the country, law enforcement officials said Friday.

The men were under the guidance of a coordinator in the Middle East and had obtained an “arsenal of weapons,” according to an NBC News report. They were arrested Sunday but officials only made the plot public on Friday using anti-terrorism rules to extend the length of time they could be held without charges.

The attempted terrorist act comes just a year after 130 were killed in a series of coordinated attacks in Paris. The country remains in a state of emergency following that incident.

Officials said the suspects had searched potential sites to attack but the police did not identify potential targets.

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