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The Latest: More explosive components found near Paris

French police officers talk as two people have been detained after a possible explosives laboratory was discovered in Villejuif, south of Paris, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Paris. The prosecutor's office said that "elements that may be part of the composition of explosives" were discovered in an apartment (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
September 07, 2017 - 6:26 AM

PARIS - The Latest on the French investigation into an explosives lab (all times local):

3:20 p.m.

Two French officials say that investigators in charge of a probe into an explosives lab discovered outside Paris have found more explosive components in a nearby cache.

A judicial official said Thursday that more products that can be used to make explosives were found in a lock-up garage rented by one of the three suspects detained in the case.

A police official confirmed the new discovery that was made in Thiais, a suburban city close to the Villejuif apartment where the explosive TATP was found Wednesday.

The two officials with knowledge of the investigation spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb earlier said that the suspects were possibly planning to attack a bank and had made phone calls to unidentified contacts in Syria.

-By Philippe Sotto and Lori Hinnant


11:10 a.m.

French authorities say three men in custody in a probe into explosives found in a Paris suburb had talked about wanting to target banks and had spoken by phone with someone in Syria.

The Paris prosecutor's office said a third man was detained early Thursday after two others were detained the day before. The prosecutor's office said the men are between 36 and 47 years old but provided no further information.

Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Francetvinfo on Thursday that the men apparently wanted to set off explosives in a bank to steal money and had registered phone calls to unspecified people in Syria.

Authorities found TATP, a peroxide-based explosive that has been employed by Islamic extremists, in the apartment in the town of Villejuif. A counterterrorism investigation was opened.

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