Militant's sister targeted in French terror probe

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Posted: May 22, 2014 1:36 PM

PARIS (AP) — French authorities have opened a preliminary terrorism probe targeting the sister of a radical Islamist behind a 2012 killing spree in southwest France on suspicions that she fled to Syria.

A Paris prosecutor's office spokesman said Thursday that Souad Merah faces a preliminary investigation for suspected association with a terrorist enterprise. Police were raiding her home in Toulouse after she disappeared with her young children in recent days.

An Interior Ministry official said she is suspected of traveling to Syria. Officials worry that hundreds of youths who have traveled to Syria could return home with a desire to carry out terror attacks.

Her brother Mohammed killed seven people in 2012 in southwest France before dying in a standoff with police. Authorities say he had traveled to jihadist training camps abroad.