A suspected terrorist is in police custody today after a bomb was found close to Paris St Germain football club.
The suspect who was meant to be under surveillance was among five people in custody today following the discovery of the IED in the French capital.
The four gas cylinders covered in petrol were found in the upmarket 16th arrondissement of Paris early on Saturday morning, on the day PSG were playing a league game.
All were linked to a “mobile phone that could ignite the cylinders so causing an explosion”, said an investigating source in the French capital.
Close to 50,000 people arrived at the stadium later on Saturday for the league champions tie against Bordeaux.
They included the most expensive multi-millionaire footballers in the world, including the Brazilian Neymar da Silva Santos and France international Kylian Mbappe.
“The device was soaked in petrol and operational,” said the source. “It was found when a local resident of the building in RueChanez called the police shortly before 4.30am on Saturday.
“Five suspects were arrested at the scene, including a known radical with links to Islamist movements.” Read more