Arrests in Belgium and Germany suggest international plot against France

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As the situation following the Paris attacks becomes clearer, there have been a number of arrests and some of the dead terrorists have been identified.

A man arrested in Germany with a cache of weapons and explosives last week was apparently en route to France and may well be connected with the Paris attacks, although his arms were seized before they could be passed to terror groups.

The 51 year old man came from Montenegro and at this stage, it is not known whether he is part of a terrorist cell or simply a gun runner.


In Belgium, a number of suspects were arrested in the Molenbeek district of Brussels on November 14, after a Belgian hire car was found in the vicinity of the Bataclan concert hall. According to the Belgian Justice Minister Koen Geens, “there were arrests relating to the search of the vehicle and the person who rented it” but the actual number arrested has not been revealed.

Following the discovery of a Syrian passport on one of the dead terrorists, a spokesman for the Greek government confirmed that the man had entered Greece about a month ago as a refugee.

One other man who was killed during the attack on the Bataclan was identified as being a 30 year old French passport holder who had been previously identified as being a potential risk by intelligence agencies.

According to the Wall Street Journal, one of the terrorists held a ticket to the France Germany match and having been refused entry to the stadium after being frisked, ran off and detonated the bomb strapped to his body.

Other newspapers suggest that one of the dead held an Egyptian passport and another was just 15 years old.

More concrete information will emerge as the days pass.

It is now confirmed however that the French Football Association wish to proceed with the match against England next Tuesday at Wembley as a tribute to those who died.

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.

Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.

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