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French police arrested three women in suspicion over terrorist attack

French police arrested three women in suspicion over terrorist attackThree women arrested on Thursday in France in connection with a car laden with gas cylinders found abandoned near Paris's Notre Dame cathedral, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.

The Minister also said women were planning an attack on a Paris railway station.

"An alert has been issued to all stations but they had planned to attack the Gare de Lyon on Thursday," a ministry official said on Friday after the arrests overnight.

The Gare de Lyon station is in the southeast of the capital, less than 3 kilometers from the cathedral which marks the center.

According to the official, the youngest of the three women had written a letter pledging allegiance to the militant Islamist group. The Peugeot 607, laden with seven gas cylinders, six of them full and discovered on Saturday night, belongs to her father.

One of the women stabbed a police officer during her arrest before being shot and wounded, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said late on Thursday. Other officials said it was the teenager who attacked the officer.

"These three women aged 39, 23 and 19 had been radicalize, were fanatics and were in all likelihood preparing an imminent, violent act," Cazeneuve said in a televised statement. They bring to seven the number of people detained since Tuesday.

The arrests took place in Boussy-Saint-Antoine, some 30 km (20 miles) south-east of Paris.
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