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Terror cops raid suspected BOMB FACTORY - find 'highly volatile' explosives

Terror cops raid suspected BOMB FACTORY - find 'highly volatile' explosives

Variants of the explosive were used in the Manchester Arena terror attack in May, Brussels in 2016 and Paris in 2015.

A third suspect was detained hours later.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said in a statement that the workman doing a job in a building in Villejuif informed authorities after noticing suspicious products in an apartment.

Paris: Homemade explosives ready for use were found Wednesday in an unoccupied flat near Paris, judicial sources said.

The Paris prosecutor's office said earlier that its counter-terrorism section has opened an investigation.

According to Le Parisien, police were tipped off by a plumber who was at the apartment to fix a leak.

France's interior minister says a tip from a handyman led police to a possible explosives laboratory south of Paris and the detentions of two people.

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One of the arrested pair, aged 36 and 47, is the owner of the flat, they said.

He was outside the building when he spotted chemicals on a balcony of the flat, then saw a soldering iron and a hot plate through the window, the paper reported, quoting a source close to the probe. "But what we can see is that they..."

More than 230 people have been killed by Islamist-inspired attackers in the past three years in France, which along with the United States and other countries are bombing Islamic State bases in Iraq and Syria.

Collomb said "it was possible there were links but honestly I don't know".

French authorities investigating a suspected bomb factory near Paris believe three suspects were preparing attacks and had made calls to Syria, a minister said Thursday.

After buying a camera and leaving their hotel, Collomb said the Spain jihadists "spent a long time in front of the Eiffel Tower".

Some of the suspects visited Paris a week before the attack.