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12 persons arrested amid IS-linked terrorist tensions

12 persons arrested amid IS-linked terrorist tensions
The police raids came the morning after Belgian authorities moved swiftly to pre-empt what they called a major impending attack, killing two suspects in a firefight and arresting a third in a vast anti-terrorism sweep that stretched into the night.

Visiting a scarred Paris on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry met French President Francois Hollande and visited the sites of the city’s worst terrorist bloodshed in decades.

Twenty people, including the three gunmen, were killed last week in attacks on a kosher supermarket and the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and on police.

Hollande thanked Kerry for offering France support, saying, “You’ve been victims yourself of an exceptional terrorist attack on September 11. You know what it means for a country. ... We must find together appropriate responses.”

Paris is at its highest terrorism alert level, and police evacuated the Gare de l’Est train station today after a bomb threat. The station, one of several main stations in Paris, serves cities in eastern Paris and countries to the east.

The Paris prosecutor’s office, meanwhile, said at least 10 people were arrested in anti-terrorism raids in the region, targeting people linked to one of the French gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, who claimed ties to the Islamic State group.

In Berlin, police arrested two men this morning on suspicion of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria.

Across Europe, anxiety has grown as the hunt continues for potential accomplices of the three Paris terrorists, and as authorities try to prevent attacks by the thousands of European extremists who have joined Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq.

“The fight against terrorism must be international,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said today. “Everybody must act: France, Europe and every country.”

The Belgian raid on a former bakery was another palpable sign that terror had seeped deep into Europe’s heartland as security forces struck against militants some of who may be returnees from holy war in Syria.

Long queues in UK for ‘Charlie Hebdo’ survivors’ edition

Hundreds of people queued up for hours across Britain to get their hands on the survivors’ edition of the French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’ as it hit the stands in the country on Friday.

More than 2,000 copies are believed to have been made available in the UK, a sizable increase from the 30 or so copies usually sold each week. Demand has been high for the issue in the wake of the deadly attack on the magazine’s office in Paris on January 7 that killed 12 people. Five million copies of the magazine -? which usually has a print run of around 60,000 -- were published in a special edition commemorating the Paris massacre.
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