Five men have been arrested and multiple weapons seized in anti-terrorist raids carried out in France during the week, according to the Paris prosecutor’s office.
The suspects, who ranged in age from 18 to 24, were rounded up Tuesday near the Normandy city of Rouen, in Villeneuve d’Ascq near Lille in northern France, and in Roanne in central France.
The arrests follow a previous round last week in which ten people were taken into custody for their connection to the 2015 terror attacks in Paris.
France remains under a state of emergency following a series of Islamic extremist attacks, including one on April 20 at Champs-Elysees in Paris. A gunman killed one police officer and injured three others before authorities were able to shoot and kill him. ISIS claimed responsibility of the act almost immediately.
Before that Paris prosecutor Francois Molins announced that on April 18 police arrested two suspected extremists in Marseille, who were preparing to carry out an “imminent, violent action on national territory”.