Paris at­tacks: Two sus­pects ar­rested for ‘sup­ply­ing fake doc­u­ments to Isis mil­i­tants to plan atroc­i­ties’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Two new sus­pects have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the Paris at­tacks as au­thor­i­ties con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the Isis “su­per­cell” be­hind the mas­sacres and bomb­ings just four months later in Brus­sels. Bel­gium’s fed­eral prose­cu­tor said the pair were sus­pected of fal­si­fy­ing doc­u­ments for Khalid el-Bakraoui, who was in­volved in plan­ning the Novem­ber 2015 at­tacks. A spokesper­son said a man iden­ti­fied as Farid K was in cus­tody af­ter be­ing charged with “par­tic­i­pa­tion to the ac­tiv­i­ties of a ter­ror­ist group, fal­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments and use of false doc­u­ments”. A woman named as Meryem EB has been charged with fal­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments and use of false doc­u­ments, but was re­leased on bail. “They are sus­pected to have pro­vided Khalid el-Bakraoui with the false doc­u­ments af­ter­wards used in prepa­ra­tion of the Paris at­tacks,” the prose­cu­tor’s of­fice said. The 27-year-old Bel­gian, a for­mer bank rob­ber and crim­i­nal, evaded In­ter­pol af­ter be­ing found to have rented a safe house in Charleroi to pre­pare bombs for the Isis mil­i­tants who would go on to mur­der 130 peo­ple. His brother Ibrahim had al­ready been iden­ti­fied by Turkey as a po­ten­tial Isis fighter in Syria and Amer­i­can se­cu­rity ser­vices also wanted Khalid for “ter­ror­ism, ex­trem­ism and re­cruit­ment”. Po­lice tracked the pair across Bel­gium and France, killing an­other ji­hadi at an apart­ment rented by Khalid in the Brus­sels district of For­est on 15 March. Paris sus­pect Salah Ab­deslam, whose fin­ger­prints were found in­side, was ar­rested three days later and taken for ques­tion­ing. But the broth­ers, us­ing a se­ries of aliases, were not found un­til the day of the Brus­sels at­tacks on 22 March 2016. Ibrahim blew him­self up at Brus­sels Air­port, along­side bomb maker Na­jim Laachraoui, while Khalid det­o­nated his ex­plo­sives lit­tle over an hour later at Mael­beek Metro sta­tion. Like the rest of the Paris-Brus­sels cell, the Bakraoui broth­ers had used a se­ries of fake names and forced ID cards to pre­pare for the atroc­i­ties. In its Dabiq pro­pa­ganda mag­a­zine, Isis claimed the pair sup­plied weapons, cars and lodg­ings for the Paris at­tacks, be­fore or­gan­is­ing their own atroc­ity with at least two other ji­hadis.

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