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Sunday 22 October 2017

Militants 'planning attacks on US and French subways'

US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations meeting on the Ebola outbreak in New York. Reuters
US President Barack Obama speaks at the United Nations meeting on the Ebola outbreak in New York. Reuters

Islamic State militants captured in Iraq have told how the group has been planning attacks on subways in Paris and in the US, Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi has said.

Iraq has informed the French and US governments about the newly-obtained information, Mr Abadi said during a meeting with a small group of reporters in New York.

credible

Mr Abadi, who was in New York yesterday for the meeting of the UN General Assembly, said he considers the information credible and is awaiting further details. The information comes from recent arrests, he said.

"Today, while I'm here, I'm receiving accurate reports from Baghdad, where there was an arrest of a few elements, and there are networks planning from inside Iraq to attack in the metros of Paris and the US," he said.

The plotters are fighters from France and the US who are in Iraq, he added.

President Barack Obama said earlier this month that US officials had not thus far detected specific plots against the country.

Mr Abadi said the information reflects what appears to be ongoing plotting by the Islamic State network.

disRupted

The network "has not been disrupted yet", he said, adding that he is "not sure" if any such attack is imminent.

Such information is difficult to verify, and US intelligence officials have warned that extremists discuss many ideas for attacks that may never materialise.

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