Two Islamic extremists have been arrested by police in Paris after allegedly plotting to massacre a kindergarten full of children.
The two men, both 20 years old, were arrested on March 25th in Seine-et-Marne with the Paris prosecutor charging them over plotting to kill children and police officers, broadcaster RTL reports.
One of the men involved is said to have been known to French intelligence services and was charged on March 29 with planning a terror attack and remains in police custody.
The man, who investigators consider the mastermind of the plot, admitted after his arrest that he wanted to enter the kindergarten, which he had already selected, and attack the children before taking some hostage until police arrived, at which point he would attempt to kill the police officers.
The suspect said that he was the “heir of Mohamed Merah”.
Mohamed Merah killed Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and two of his children as well as another girl in March 2012 at the Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse. Days earlier, Merah killed three French soldiers in two attacks in the suburb of Montauban, France. He was killed in a shootout with police in his Toulouse apartment where he hid after the school killings, which he said in a video he perpetrated as part of jihad and to avenge the suffering of Palestinian children.