Islamic terrorists 'stashed more than £11,000 among gravestones at famous Paris cemetery'
The “gun money” – to be used for buying Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition – was hidden in a crack in a grave at the Montparnasse cemetary, officers said.
The €13,300 stuffed into an envelope was found after an undercover officer managed to infiltrate a terror cell last year by posing as a jihadi.
The 'gun money' was hidden in a crack in a grave at the Montparnasse cemetary, Paris
Take the small dirt track which goes to the left of the green sign '28th division 3rd section', continue straight. You will find the tomb in the name of…
An Islamic State leader in Syria told the officer via Telegram, an encrypted app popular among terrorist groups, that he was to use the money for buying four Kalashnikov rifles and ammunition, it was reported.
He was then given detailed directions to a crack in a specific tombstone where the money was hidden, which police recovered the next day.
The money was reportedly stored in an envelope in €100 and €50 notes
The message read: “Take the small dirt track which goes to the left of the green sign '28th division 3rd section', continue straight. You will find the tomb in the name of …. The package is in a crack between the tombstone and the flagstone.”
The money was reportedly stored in an envelope in €100 and €50 notes.
The famous cemetery in the south of Paris is popular among tourists who want to visit the graves of singer Serge Gainsbourg, philosophers Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir and Irish writer Samuel Beckett.
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Following the discovery of the cash, police raided addresses in Paris and arrested seven suspected members of the terror group.
A police source said that investigators found the suspects had made internet searches on sites including the Christmas market on the prestigious Champs-Elysees avenue, the Disneyland Paris theme park, cafe terraces in the northeast of the capital, the Paris criminal police headquarters and a Metro station.
The arrests of the alleged plotters from France, Morocco and Afghanistan “enabled us to prevent a long-planned terror attack on our soil”, a government official said.