French police arrested five people after homemade bomb found in Paris

Members of the media stand outside the entrance of an apartment building where police found an explosive device early Saturday, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. Five people are in custody and a terrorism investigation is under way after an apparent failed bombing attempt in a chic Paris neighborhood. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
Vastavam web: French police arrested five people, including one on a terror watchlist, after discovering a suspected home-made bomb in one of Paris’s most exclusive neighbourhoods at the weekend, officials said.Officers discovered gas cylinders with detonators attached in the hallway and outside a building in the city’s western 16th district in the early hours of Saturdaymorning.Speaking to Franceinfo radio today, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb revealed that one of the arrested men was on a police terror watchlist.
“That shows that the threat level in France is extremely high,” added the minister, who said the incident and a knife attack in Marseille on Sunday that left two women dead underlined the importance of a tough new security law.French lawmakers in the lower house of parliament were set to vote later today on a new counter-terrorism law that rights groups and UN experts have criticised for giving too much power to police and local government officials.A mobile phone attached to the cylinders is being investigated as a possible detonator, a security source told AFP.A total of 241 people have been killed in a wave of jihadist attacks in France since 2015.On September 12, Collomb said that 12 planned attacks had been foiled since the beginning of the year.