Female Islamist Militants Stab French Police Officer, Planned ‘Immediate’ Attack In Paris

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A French police officer was stabbed during the arrest of three women linked to an “immediate” terror plot in Paris.

One of the women is the daughter of the Islamist preacher who owned the car where gas cylinders were found next to the Notre Dame Cathedral last weekend. Police say the women, who pledged allegiance to Islamic State, had “immediate” plans to attack one of Paris’ major railway stations.

“These three women aged 39, 23 and 19 had been radicalized, were fanatics and were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

The women are among five women and two men who have been arrested in relation to the gas cylinders in the car. The car was found without license plates and with warning lights flashing, which police believe was a conscious decision to attract attention. (RELATED: Police Find Car Packed With Gas Cylinders Next To Notre Dame Cathedral)

Investigators have been in a “race against time” to find suspects after the terror cell was discovered last week. One of the suspects had already been questioned by police for involvement in the foiled attack.

Terror attacks have killed more than 230 people in France since the beginning of 2015.

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