Reports are emerging of an anti-terror operation conducted early Wednesday morning in Lille, France. Members of the elite French special forces anti-terrorism unit known as RAID (Research, Assistance, Intervention, and Dissuasion) were dispatched to two locations within the city, where they have reportedly taken two women into custody.
RAID used explosives to breach the door of one of the houses they entered in the early morning, providing the neighborhood with a surprise wake-up call and resulting in placing a 32-year-old woman under arrest. The other woman, aged 33, was reportedly arrested elsewhere in the city.
Residents of the neighborhood around the first arrest told the local media that they were awoken by a loud “bang,” and came outside to find masked police officers entering the building. Local media reports that both women were taken into custody within a two-hour period of time. They are currently being held in Lille’s central police station awaiting transfer to the headquarters of the General Directorate for Internal Security.
According to unconfirmed reports in the local media, the two women were both involved in planning and attempting to execute an impending terror attack. The women are both reportedly Muslim, but there have been no official statements regarding any potential ties to the Islamic State or other extremist organizations.