“The sister of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner was held for questioning today, joining her father and other members of her family in French police custody in an investigation into suspected terror networks, judicial officials said.” This from AP, with thanks to Nicolei.
“The woman’s detention follows the arrests on Tuesday of seven people, including her father, Chellali Benchellali, his wife, and another of their sons, Hafed.”
This is not the Brady Bunch: “Investigators believe the family and their friends supplied explosives, false papers, money and lodgings to suspected members of a terror cell that planned to attack Russian targets in Paris, probably with chemical weapons, judicial officials said. . . .
“The detentions are part of a probe into suspected links between Islamic militants in France and rebels in Russia’s breakaway largely Muslim republic of Chechnya.
“Menad Benchellali, a brother of the woman detained today, was picked up in a sweep a year ago in the Paris region that authorities said thwarted planned bomb or chemical attacks in France and Russia by a terror cell with ties to Chechen rebels and the al-Qaeda terror network.
“Another brother, Mourad Benchellali, is among six French detainees suspected of ties to al-Qaeda who are being held at the US Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
“One of the seven arrested on Tuesday, the wife of an Islamic cleric, is expected to be released. But the others are expected to be presented before an investigating magistrate on Monday in Paris.”