Police in France have foiled a terror attack using highly toxic poison and arrested two Muslim brothers of Egyptian origin, authorities have said.
Ricin or explosives are thought to have been prepared ahead of the planned terror attack, according to French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.
The thwarted terror attack came after a 29-year-old man was murdered and five other people injured in a deadly knife attack in Paris last Saturday night.
‘There were two young people of Egyptian origin who were preparing to commit an attack, with either explosives or ricin, this very powerful poison,’ said Collomb.
He did not indicate the nationality of the Muslim terrorists or provide any other details about their arrest.
But a source close to the inquiry said the terrorists were detained in the northern 18th Arrondissement of Paris on May 11.
Just a day later ISIS terrorist Khamzat Azimov, who also lived in the 18th Arrondissement, carried out his knife rampage in the capital.
Collomb said the terrorists had watched tutorials on how to make ricin-based poisons and communicated via the encrypted messaging app Telecom.
France has been the victim of a string of deadly attacks in recent years.
The Muslim terrorist in Saturday’s attack, a 20-year-old Frenchman of Chechen origin, had been on a watch list for radical Islamists, like several others who have attacked France in recent years.
The terrorist was eliminated by police, and a close friend of his was arrested and given preliminary terrorism charges Thursday night.
In late March, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe indicated that 51 attacks had been thwarted by French security services since January 2015.
A total of 246 people have been murdered in terror attacks since then.