France: Muslim who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State had bomb-making materials in his house



French authorities on Saturday charged a 33-year-old man, who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in a video, with planning a terror attack, judicial sources said.

The man, who was not known to police, was arrested near the southern city of Nimes on Tuesday. Bomb making materials were found in his house but there was no indication of the targets he was planning to attack, they said.

?This is the first attack foiled this year,? a source close to the investigation told AFP.

The man was charged with associating with terrorist criminals? and placed in custody.

?The investigation started when police saw on social media a attempt by a man in the Nimes region with Islamist leanings trying to procure a weapon,? the source close to the investigation said.

The raid on the man?s house yielded a tube filled with powder which could likely be used as an explosive, different powders and a device to start a fire, the source said.

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