Of­fi­cial warns of ter­ror­ist threat

Los Angeles Times - - 9• 23•10 -

France is fac­ing a “peak” ter­ror­ist threat, and au­thor­i­ties sus­pect Al Qaeda’s North African af­fil­i­ate is plot­ting a con­ven­tional bomb at­tack on a crowded tar­get, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional po­lice chief.

The warn­ing from Fred­eric Pechenard came on the eve of na­tional protests that unions hope will send mil­lions into city streets, and it was the lat­est in a re­cent drum­beat from French of­fi­cials that the pub­lic needs to be more alert about ter­ror­ism.

“We have se­ri­ous in­di­ca­tions, com­ing from re­li­able in­tel­li­gence, say­ing that there’s an im­por­tant risk of an at­tack,” Pechenard said, adding that the ter­ror­ist net­work’s branch known as Al Qaeda in the Is­lamic Maghreb “is tar­get­ing us in par­tic­u­lar.”

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