French police arrest five after gas cylinders found in building in Paris

French police arrest five after gas cylinders found in building in Paris

The attempted bombing follows hot on the heels of a deadly attack in Marseille, in which a man reported as shouting "Allahu Akbar!" slit one woman's throat and fatally stabbed another at the Saint-Charles railway station, before being shot dead by an army patrol.

One of the five suspects was under government surveillance for radicalism, Interior Minister Gerrard Collomb said.

France's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved a new counter-terrorism bill today, making permanent several controversial measures in place under a almost two-year-old state of emergency.

Authorities later found and deactivated an explosive device.

A security source told French news agency AFP that police found two of the gas cylinders in the hallway of the building and two others on the sidewalk outside. According to DailyMail the bomb, made of four gas cylinders covered in petrol, was found in 16th arrondissement near the Parc des Princes.

The law will give authorities the power to place people under house arrest, order house searches and ban public gatherings without the prior approval of a judge.

The group, which is fast losing territory across the remaining parts of its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria, was quick to claim responsibility for the Marseille assault, which was carried out by a 29-year-old Tunisian.

The Senate, France's upper house of parliament, approved it in July after some amendments.

Three suicide bombers targeted the Stade de France during multiple terror attacks in the city in November 2015 killing one person.

All were linked to a "mobile phone that could ignite the cylinders so causing an explosion", said an investigating source in the French capital.

"We've foiled numerous attacks since the start of the year that would have involved many deaths", the minister said.

Critics of the new law have been limited largely to leftist politicians and human rights groups, though United Nations experts also raised objections in a letter to the French government last week.

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