Monday, November 16, 2015

REVEALED: Evil mastermind of Paris attacks is Belgian executioner - and he's STILL alive

Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud named as the mastermind of the Paris attacks

A HUGE international manhunt is underway for the mastermind of the Paris terror attacks, named as jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

The Belgian of Moroccan origins has been linked to thwarted attacks on a high-speed train heading to Paris and a church in the French capital.

Abaaoud has been described as “one of the most active Isis executioners” in Syria and is known to have spent time fighting with Islamic State in the region.

The young extremist was reportedly instrumental in both the planning and funding of the co-ordinated shootings and bombings on Friday evening, which left at least 132 people dead.

He was named by a French official who has direct knowledge of the investigation.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud once posed next to decapitated bodies
Abdelhamid Abaaoud once posed next to decapitated bodies
Abdelhamid Abaaoud was known to security services
Abaaoud was known to security services

He was known to security forces after appearing in an ISIS video at the wheel of a car transporting mutilated bodies to a mass grave.

The 28-year-old is said to originate from the now infamous Molenbeek district of Brussels, which has been the centre of police raids in recent days as detectives piece together who was behind the Paris attack.

Abaaoud, who has also spent time in Greece, was named as the mastermind of a jihadi cell in Belgium earlier this year but managed to evade arrest at the time.

Two suspects were shot dead in a fierce gun battle with police during the raid in the eastern Belgian town of Verviers in January, which was carried out in the days after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris at the beginning of the year that left 17 dead.

Abaaoud was also tried in absentia along with 31 other jihadists for his role in a terror recruitment cell that was sending fighters to Syria.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Reports in January suggested the ISIS militant faked his own death in Syria so as to slip off the radar of Western security services.

In October 2014, his family in Brussels received a message to say that he had been "martyred”.

But Belgian investigators believe Abaaoud, rather than dying on the front line, travelled to Greece.
Abdeslam Salah, suspected of being involved in the attacks
Abdeslam Salah, suspected of being involved in the attacks
Abaaoud’s teenage brother is also believed to be fighting with ISIS.

An expert in radicalisation posted on Twitter last summer that “one of the youngest foreign fighters we know of, Younes Abaaoud, who was 13 when he left Belgium to join ISIS” had been identified.

Shiraz Maher, a lecturer in war studies at King’s College London, tweeted the message along with a photo of the youngster.

Few details are known about Abaaoud’s wider family although his father is said to be a shopkeeper called Omar and originally from Morocco.

Belgian police detaining a suspect during a raid in the Molenbeek quarter of Brussels

Meanwhile the identities of five suicide bombers have been revealed by French officials.

Samy Amimour, 28, from Bobigny, blew himself up inside the Bataclan theatre on Friday night.
Police officers look on as an operation takes place in the Molenbeek district of Brussels
Police officers look on as an operation takes place in the Molenbeek district
Ahmad Al Mohammad, the bomber who targeted the Stade de France stadium, is now definitively linked by authorities to the Syrian passport found near his body.

And Bilal Hadfi also struck near the Stade de France stadium.
Brussels' Molenbeek district
Five people were arrested in Brussels' Molenbeek district
Brahim Abdeslam, 31, is said to have detonated his explosive vest inside a busy cafe on Boulevard Voltaire.

Abdeslam is the older brother of Saleh Abdeslam – the subject of an international manhunt after slipping through the grasp of French police.

Saleh, 26, dubbed the world's most wanted man, is suspected of renting a car that was used in the horrific attack at the Bataclan theatre.

He was reportedly detained by Belgian police during a raid in Molenbeek this morning. 


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