Paris church attack foiled after suspect shoots himself in leg

Suspect known to police

France has foiled a jihadist plot to attack a church after an Algerian who accidentally shot himself was found with a stash of weapons and documents mentioning Islamist militant groups, reports AFP/Yahoo7 in The West Australian.

The plans of 24-year-old IT student Sid Ahmed Ghlam were exposed purely by chance after he called an ambulance saying he had been shot during an armed robbery at his Paris home, prosecutor Francois Molins told journalists.

However, police uncovered an arsenal of weapons in his car and home, and detailed plans to attack one of two churches, as well as DNA evidence linking him to the murder of a woman who was found shot dead in her car over the weekend near the capital.

The suspect, who was admitted to a Paris hospital after his arrest, was known to intelligence services over comments on social networks expressing his desire to go and fight in Syria alongside jihadists, said Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

Paris is still on high alert with memories fresh from a jihadist killing spree that left 17 dead in January.

Police called to the scene where Ghlam was wounded found traces of his blood in the car as well as a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns, bulletproof vests, several cellphones, a laptop, and documents on "potential targets and how to carry out attacks," said Molins.

Another three Kalashnikovs, police armbands and vests, and documents in Arabic mentioning jihadist groups Islamic State and Al-Qaeda were found at his home.

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Church attack foiled after suspect shoots self in leg (The West Australian)

Paris extremist’s misfire thwarts imminent attack on church (Crux)

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