France Arrests 10 Suspected Militants

    French members of the French National Police Intervention Group (GIPN) arrest a suspected radical Islamists group member, on April 4, 2012, in the French northern city of Roubaix, as part of down raids in several French cities.  French police swooped on suspected radical Islamists in pre-dawn raids for the second time in less than a week today, arresting 10 people, a source close to the investigation said.   AFP PHOTO DENIS CHARLET (Photo credit should read DENIS CHARLET/AFP/Getty Images)

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    French police arrested 10 suspected radical Islamists on Wednesday in the second countrywide crackdown on suspected radical Islamic terrorists. The crackdown comes after the country was rocked by two shootings last month by Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old who said he was affiliated with al Qaeda. But many have criticized French president Nicolas Sarkozy as politicizing the issue before the tight presidential race. An official close to Wednesday’s raids said the raids were led by France’s counterintelligence agency, and some of those arrested were allegedly planning on attending jihadist training camps along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

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