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Main suspect in foiled French attack plot charged

Reda Kriket was arrested last week, 4 months after the jihadist carnage that claimed 130 lives.

FILE: Members of French police special forces. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The main suspect in a foiled French attack plot has been charged.

French national Reda Kriket was arrested near Paris last week and found to have assault rifles and homemade explosives at his home.

His arrest came just four months after the jihadist carnage that claimed 130 lives in Paris.

Kriket, aged 34, has been charged with membership of a terrorist organisation.

He was arrested near Paris last week and a police raid on his apartment netted a cache of assault rifles, handguns and TATP, the highly volatile homemade explosive favoured by IS jihadists.

The move comes as investigators step up efforts to smash a tangled web of Islamic State-linked extremists blamed for both the November Paris attacks and last week's suicide bombings on Brussels airport and metro that killed 32 people.