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France: 2,000 Raids, 210 Arrests Since State of Emergency



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    Inhabitants are evacuated from a security perimeter set in the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis city center, on Nov. 18, 2015, after French Police special forces raided an apartment, hunting those behind the attacks that claimed 130 lives in the French capital five days ago.

    More than 2,000 raids have been carried out in France following the deadly terror attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, Prime Minister Manuel Valls told told radio station Europe 1 on Tuesday.

    Police confiscated 300 weapons and taken 210 people into custody, Valls said, adding that the number of arrests indicated that the searches conducted after France declared a state of emergency "are not due to chance" and "allow support for objective suspicions."

    As he was speaking, police in Italy and Kosovo arrested four Kosovars suspected of being part of a jihadi cell that spread propaganda and made threats against Pope Francis, judicial officials told Reuters.

    According to Italian police, the four, three of whom were arrested in Italy and one in Kosovo, are suspected of "condoning terrorism" and "inciting racial hatred."