France arrests ten more Islamists in terror crackdown

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French police arrested more suspected Islamists as part of its crackdown on fundamentalism after an al-Qaeda-inspired shooter Mohamed Merah killed seven people including three children last month, local media reported.

Domestic intelligence and elite police commandos launched a second major raid in Marseilles, Roubaix and other cities, television news station BFMTV said.

Wednesday's raids were not linked to either Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) or the Merah attacks. Those arrested are "isolated individuals who are self-radicalized", the report added.

The suspects were said to have been preparing to travel to Afghanistan and were tracked via online forums where they expressed violent and extreme views.

Last Friday, police arrested 19 men, some of whom belong to banned extremist group Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride).

Thirteen of them will be presented to a judge for an indictment for conspiracy to prepare acts of terrorism.

"There will be further operations, allowing us to expel a number of people who have no business in the country," said French President Nicolas Sarkozy in a recent interview with local brosdcaster Europe1.

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