10 Anti-Terror Arrests Made as Kerry Visits Paris

He lays wreaths at 'Charlie' offices, kosher market
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 16, 2015 4:13 AM CST
US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius lay flowers at the site of a kosher market where four hostages were killed in a terrorist attack last week in Paris.   (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
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(Newser) – As John Kerry visited Paris today, a train station was evacuated and prosecutors said at least 10 people were arrested in anti-terrorism raids in the region targeting people linked to one of the French gunmen, Amedy Coulibaly, who claimed ties to ISIS. Paris is at its highest terrorism alert level, and police evacuated the Gare de l'Est train station after a bomb threat. Kerry met French President Francois Hollande and visited the sites of the city's worst terrorist bloodshed in decades, laying wreaths at the Hyper Cacher kosher market and at a memorial down the street from Charlie Hebdo's offices.

"I think you know that you have the full and heartfelt condolences of the American people and I know you know that we share the pain and the horror of everything that you went through," Kerry said as he greeted Hollande. "Our hearts are with you." Hollande thanked Kerry for the support, saying, "You've been victims yourself of an exceptional terrorist attack on Sept. 11. You know what it means for a country." The French arrests followed a raid in Belgium yesterday in which two people were killed and a third arrested. Police say the Verviers raid thwarted a "major impending attack" by what could have been just hours, and there were more anti-terror raids last night in Brussels and the surrounding towns. (Read more Charlie Hebdo stories.)

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