Cops Find 5 Bombs in Paris Dep't Store

Tip-off to news agency warns of explosives
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2008 6:01 AM CST
The department store Printemps, on the Boulevard Haussmann in Paris, was shut after a tip-off that five bombs were inside.   (©Omar Omar)
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(Newser) – French police found and disarmed five explosive devices this morning at one of Paris's biggest department stores, reports the BBC. The Printemps store, on one of the capital's best known shopping streets, was evacuated and cordoned off after a group calling itself the Afghan Revolutionary Front warned the AFP news agency of the bombs. But France's interior minister said that the packages contained no detonating devices.

This is the first mention of the Afghan Revolutionary Front, notes the BBC, which is seeking the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Afghanistan by February.