>> Three women arrested in France over a suspected militant attack. A car full of gas cylinders was found near the capital city's tourist hotspot of Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday night. The Interior Ministry says the trio was planning an attack on the Gare de Lyon railway station. They were rounded up in a house raid 30 kilometers southeast of Paris on Sunday.
Reuters Deputy Bureau Chief in Paris, Richard Locke.>> The three ladies who were arrested last night were described by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as radicalized, as fanatics. And as three individuals who were likely preparing an imminent attack. Many people in France have had concerns about the government's ability to protect them from militant attacks.
The fear is that the intelligence services and the police just can't cope and that has been fueled by this whole saga. This car was left abandoned and parked in an area where cars are not allowed to park for more than two hours before it went detected. It was only 150 meters from a police station.
And the case has just gone to show how the police and the intelligence services are being stretched right to their limits at the moment.>> One of the women stabbed a police officer during the arrest before being shot and wounded. The Interior Ministry says the 19 year old has been confirmed as the daughter of the owner of the vehicle.
And she was already suspected by police of wanting to go and fight for Islamic State in Syria. She'd written a letter pledging allegiance to the militant group. Inside the Peugeot 607 discovered by the cathedral next to the River Seine, six of the seven gas cylinders were full. Police sources say they found no detonator but added that there were three jerrycans of diesel fuel in the vehicle.
The car's owner was taken into custody earlier this week but later released.