Ready-to-use home-made explosives found in Paris suburb

Police in Villejuif south of Paris

Two men have been arrested near Paris after French police discovered bomb-making materials in a suburban apartment, officials said.

Gas canisters, electric wiring and chemicals that could be used to make explosives were among items found in the flat near Villejuif, south of the French capital, the sources said.

TATP, an unstable explosive, has been used by militants in several attacks in western Europe in recent years, including Manchester in May, Brussels in 2016 and Paris in 2015.

The counter-terrorism section of the Paris public prosecutor's office said in a statement it took charge of the investigation with the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI) without giving any further details.

Three people have been arrested near Paris in relation to an alleged plot to bomb a number of banks, Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said Thursday.

The Paris daily Le Parisien reported that the workman was a plumber working to fix a recurrent leak.

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French Interior Minister Gérard Collomb said the suspects deny any terror plans despite regular phone contacts with people in Syria.

A police official told The Associated Press late Wednesday that some 100 grams of usable TATP were found in the Villejuif apartment where a police operation was carried out earlier in the day, leading to the detention of two suspects.

More than 230 people have been killed by Islamist-inspired attackers in the past three years in France, which along with the United States and other countries are bombing Islamic State bases in Iraq and Syria.

According to Mr Collomb, some of the men suspected of the Spanish atrocities had visited Spain a week before their deadly rampage - purchasing a camera and "spending a long time in front of the Eiffel Tower".

The vehicle used by the assailants in Cambrils had been in the Paris area less than a week before the attacks.

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