Reuters: Arrested French women, directed by Islamic State, planned Paris attack
Three French women arrested after a car loaded with gas cylinders was found near Notre Dame cathedral were planning to attack a Paris railway station under the direction of Islamic State, French officials said on Friday.
The Peugeot 607 was found early on Sunday laden with seven gas cylinders and three jerry cans of diesel, said police, adding that no detonators were discovered.
"A terrorist cell ...has been dismantled," Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference.
"The transition to action by these young women, who were directed by individuals within the ranks of Islamic State in Syria, shows that this organization wants to create female fighters."
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