Police target Muslim Association in north France

Nearly 200 French police officers have launched a major counter terrorism raid in northern France targeting a Muslim Association suspected of supporting terror groups.

Carried out in the town of Grande-Synthe, the raid saw members of specialist counter terrorism units target the Shiite Muslim Association Centre Zahra France, with police raiding the homes of the association's leaders and making 11 arrests in total, following 12 separate operations.

According to local reports, the association has been on the radar of anti terrorism investigators in France due to alleged support for jihadist groups, with French authorities having frozen the financial assets of the centre which is headed by Yahia Gouasmi, who is known for his anti-Zionist views and links to Iran.

France is still on high alert after a wave of Islamist attacks since 2015 in which 246 people have lost their lives.

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