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Paris attacks: What we know about Abdelhamid Abaaoud identified as suspected 'mastermind' of Paris attacks

The 27-year-old was reportedly behind several failed terror attacks in Belgium

By Lizzie Dearden

Published 16/11/2015

Abdelhamid Abaaoud is believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris attacks.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud is believed to be the mastermind behind the Paris attacks.

A French official has named the suspected mastermind behind the Paris attacks as a Belgian man called Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

He was reportedly involved in previously thwarted train and church attacks.

RTL radio in France reported that the 27-year-old is “one of the most active Isis executioners” in Syria.

He is said to be from the Molenbeek district of Brussels, which has seen multiple police raids since eight suicide bombers armed with assault rifles killed at least 129 people in Paris on Friday night.

Abaaoud allegedly oversaw the attack and funded it. He was suspected of planning a series of foiled terror attacks and his phone was traced to Greece.

Charlie Winter, a security analyst specialising in Isis, told The Independent Abaaoud’s profile would fit that of someone capable of planning the massacres in Paris.

“He’s exactly the kind of people you would expect to plan something like this,” he said.

“You don’t go from never trying anything to masterminding an attack involving multiple attackers, multiple targets and multiple weapons.”

A new police operation was underway in Molenbeek this morning, Belgian media reported.

Rue Delaunoy was shut off while a building was searched near the Al-Khalil mosque and residents were asked not to leave their homes, according to RTBF television.

Source Independent

Independent News Service

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