This looks to me like a terrorist attack that failed somehow or a dry run. At any rate, massive bloodshed may have been averted… for now at least. This time the French are actually linking it to terrorism instead of mental illness. Go figure.
A 29 year-old French woman who had plans to join ISIS, left a car packed with seven gas cylinders near the Notre Dame Cathedral. The car sat unattended for two hours before someone called it in. I wonder if the timing device, the trigger or the ignition point failed? This woman is on a terror watch list and is well known to authorities. Notre Dame is high up on ISIS’ to-do list. This would have been a real coup for them… except it failed or was a test.
From Conservative Post:
A radicalised French woman who wanted to run away and join ISIS is in custody in Paris today after abandoning a car packed with gas cylinders close to Notre Dame Cathedral.
The suspect – who is 29 and on a terror watch list – disappeared with her boyfriend, aged 34, early on Sunday morning.
This was when her Peugeot 607 was found with its lights flashing in a no-parking zone in Paris’s Rue du Petit-Point, across the River Seine from Notre Dame, at 7.30am.
There were seven gas canisters inside – promoting fears of a terrorist attack on the ancient place of Christian worship, which is high on a list of ISIS targets.
Another clue that people should have noticed much earlier was that the car’s hazard lights were flashing. Why wouldn’t you report that for two hours? They were in a no-parking zone as well and had no plates… pardon the pun, but that’s another dead giveaway. Documents with writing in Arabic were also found in the car.
The woman disappeared with her 34 year-old boyfriend. They matched the DNA in the car to the couple, who were apprehended close to the southern city of Orange on Tuesday, while ‘trying to escape to Spain,’ said a source close to the case.
One of the seven canisters inside was empty when police found the abandoned vehicle parked on a Seine riverside stretch called the Quai de Montebello in the fifth arrondissement of Paris last Saturday night. A police official revealed: ‘We think he may have been trying to carry out a test-run.’ And I bet they are right. Right now, they don’t think the cylinders were connected to a detonator at all. That would indicate to me an attack may be imminent.
Police have spent the last four days raiding the homes of anyone who might be connected to this. Six people were originally arrested, but only two remained detained because of evidence linking them to the car. ISIS has threatened Notre Dame as part of its violent campaign against France for sending warplanes to bomb countries including Syria. In May, Patrick Calvar, the head of France’s DGSI internal security agency, said he was confident Isis would ‘reach the stage of car bombs’. Looks like this is it.