France: According to reports in French media, authorities in France raided the headquarters of an Islamic Shiite association and the homes of its leaders near the northern city of Dunkirk during the early hours of Tuesday morning.
According to regional officials, raids on the Zahra Centre France and about a dozen homes were staged as part of the “prevention of terrorism” procedures. The association’s leaders are suspected of supporting terrorist organizations, security sources said.
Eleven people were arrested in the pre-dawn raids according to news agency AFP, three of whom face charges for illegal possession of firearms. The center’s assets have also been frozen.
It remained unclear whether the Tuesday’s arrests were linked to a suspected plot in France back in June to attack a gathering of Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).