The bomb plotted by Islamist terrorist was unsuccessful after the implosive device was found on Saturday near Paris Saint-Germain football club.
The device was covered in petrol and consists of four gas cylinders. It was discovered in the upmarket 16th arrondissement near the Parc des Princes stadium hours before PSG league game. Police arrested five men including a known Islamist extremist who is under surveillance.
An investigating source said the four gas cylinders were linked to a mobile phone that could ignite the cylinders so causing an explosion. The device was soaked in petrol and operational. It was found when a local resident of the building in Rue Chanez called the police shortly before 4.30am on Saturday. Five suspects were arrested at the scene, including a known radical with links to Islamist movements.
On Saturday almost 50,000 people arrived at the stadium to witness the league game. The league includes Brazilian Neymar da Silva Santos and France international Kylian Mbappe who are known to be the most expensive multi-millionaire footballers in the world.
Gerard Collomb French Interior Minister proposed that the man may have slipped the agents tracking him by using ‘a friend’. He also added that the suspect was on the ‘FSPRT file’, which signifies someone who has been radicalized to the point that they exhibited signs of a ‘terrorist character’.
For the people under surveillance, they commonly hire someone who looks like them to escape from agents who are watching them.
Mr. Collomb told France Inter radio station:
‘When you watch someone, there is always a nebula, a friend ready to help the one who is on the file.’
Nebula is defined as a gas of dust in outer space visible in the night either the indistinct patch of light or dark silhouette.
The suspect has not been formally identified but still remain in custody. The bomb was dispersed at the scene by experts following an evacuation. The police have not released details about the operation as they carried out raids in the Paris suburbs linked to it.
Following the series of the bomb, France remains under the state of emergency.