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PARIS, Dec 12 (AFP) – French police detained 25 people suspected of raising funds for Islamic terrorists in a series of raids in the Paris region early Monday, judicial sources said.
The detainees — French, Tunisian and Algerian nationals in their 20s and 30s — were being questioned by anti-terrorist investigators who have four days before they must either release them or present them before a judge.
Some of those arrested are believed to have carried out armed robberies to raise funds for extremist groups and others may have been involved in money-laundering via high-street businesses, officials said.
Police said they confiscated a number of weapons and other equipment.
The suspects had been under surveillance for several weeks and were detained after evidence emerged that «violent actions» were being planned, investigators said.(afp)