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Four arrests in France as 'imminent' attack foiled

By Lori Hinnant

Anti-terrorism forces have arrested four people in southern France, including a 16-year-old girl, and uncovered a makeshift laboratory with the explosive TATP.

France's top security official said the raid had thwarted an "imminent attack".

A police official said the teenager had pledged loyalty to Islamic State (IS) in a recent video.

The prosecutor's office said around 70 grams of TATP was seized in the Montpellier-area home of a 20-year-old man, along with a litre of acetone and other bomb-making materials.

TATP, which can be made from readily available materials, was used in the deadly November 2015 attacks in Paris and the March 2016 attack in Brussels carried out by IS extremists.

Two other men, aged 33 and 26, were arrested along with the teenage girl, according to the prosecutor's office.

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