Two arrested in Paris terror raid

French Police officers intervene at the site where they discovered explosives and bomb components in an apartment in Villejuif a suburb of Paris

TATP - an explosive known as "mother of Satan" - is favored by Jihadists and was recently found in the apartment of suspects in the Barcelona, Spain, attack last month.

A third suspect was detained hours later.

A demining operation has been underway since noon on Wednesday in Villejuif, a commune in the southern suburbs of Paris, reported French media.

Ingredients to make an explosive called TATP, commonly used by Islamic State, were discovered in an empty flat in the Paris suburb of Villejuif on Wednesday, as well as gas canisters and electrical wiring.

The counter-terrorism section of the Paris public prosecutor's office said in a statement it took charge of the investigation with the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI) without giving any further details.

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

The investigation started after a tip provided by a repairman who was doing a job in the Villejuif building and informed authorities after noticing suspicious products in an apartment, Collomb has said.

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"We've seen that there were calls exchanged" with someone in the war zone in Syria, Collomb saiod on Franceinfo radio.

One of the two men arrested was a resident of the apartment building, officials said.

"It is possible there were links, but honestly I don't know", Collomb said.

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.

In November 2015, 130 people were killed by IS gunmen in simultaneous raids on bars, the national stadium and the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

The vehicle used by the assailants in Cambrils had been in the Paris area less than a week before the attacks.

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