The General Directorate for Internal Security (DGGSI) in France arrested four young people of Russian nationality, three of them minors, during an anti-terrorist operation in the city of Strasbourg in the north-east of the country.
The four detainees are men between the ages of 16 and 18 who were born in the Russian Caucasus and at least three of whom are of Chechen origin. According to the French newspaper “Le Parisien”, which quotes a judicial source, all are “suspected of having prepared a violent act,” of which no further details have been released.
The arrest, which also seized some “digital media”, is part of an investigation by the National Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor, which has focused on Islamist terrorism from the Caucasus in the last few months following the murder of Professor Samuel in March last year, Paty , beheaded by Abdoullakh Anzorov, of Chechen origin.
As early as the end of April, two Russian citizens and a Georgian who were part of the Chechen community in France were charged and imprisoned for “grouping to commit terrorist acts” and “financing terrorism”.