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Anti-terrorism operation underway near Paris, 2 arrested

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RT.com

Two men have been arrested after the discovery of explosives and bomb components at an apartment in Villejuif, a suburb of Paris, local media reports.

Following a tip-off from a man doing maintenance work, police raided an apartment in the Paris suburb and found explosive materials, including the ingredients for TATP explosive, gas canisters and wire, several local media report.

Earlier, the official Twitter account of Villejuif warned people to stay away from the area.

“The city is asking residents to avoid the neighborhood of 8 May and around the Esselières, where traffic is currently blocked,” it said.

Counterterrorism police surrounded the building, at Boulevard Chastenet-de-Géry, at around 3pm and began evacuating residents.

“I am counting on the police for a delicate operation,” Villejuif mayor Franck Le Bohellec wrote on Facebook, posting a picture from the scene.

TATP, or triacetone triperoxide, is an explosive compound that can be made using readily-available ingredients, including nail-polish remover and household bleach. Sometimes known as the ‘mother of Satan’, it has been used in several terrorist atrocities, including the 2016 Brussels bombings and the Manchester Arena bombing in May.

Read more: https://www.rt.com/news/402192-anti-terrorism-operation-near-paris/