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Lorries of firm in Syria civil war row may have been targeted in 'arson bid'

Paris investigators are probing a possible attempt to blow up cement lorries belonging to a company suspected of striking deals with Islamic State group extremists in Syria.

A police official said six containers of petrol and an apparent detonator were found on Thursday under vehicles at a LafargeHolcim cement site in northeast Paris.

No one has been arrested, nothing exploded and no one was hurt, officials said.

The Paris prosecutor's office has opened a criminal investigation into an alleged attempt to set a destructive fire, according to a judicial official.

The case has not been handed to counter-terrorism authorities.

It is unclear whether there is any link to an ongoing investigation into LafargeHolcim's activities in Syria during its civil war.

Swiss-French LafargeHolcim would not comment.

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