Scottish Daily Mail

Fa­ther of two ‘rad­i­calised at mosque’

- From Emily Kent Smith in Paris Crime · Incidents · Bataclan · Turkey · Paris · Chartres

ONE of the ter­ror­ists be­hind the Bat­a­clan con­cert hall mas­sacre was last night re­vealed to be a ‘blue-eyed’ fa­ther of two chil­dren aged two and five.

Po­lice dis­cov­ered the iden­tity of Is­mael Omar Moste­fai af­ter find­ing his sev­ered fin­ger af­ter he blew him­self up.

The 29-year-old, born to Al­ge­rian and Por­tuguese par­ents, was known to French po­lice as a petty crim­i­nal with eight con­vic­tions. Of­fi­cers had taken his fin­ger­prints af­ter he com­mit­ted a driv­ing of­fence, it was re­ported.

Moste­fai was said to have been rad­i­calised by a Brussels-based hate preacher who spoke reg­u­larly at his French mosque, but had never been jailed. He had been on a watch list since 2010, French pros­e­cu­tor Fran­cois Molins ad­mit­ted. He had trav­elled to Tur­key in 2013 and then on to Syria, it is un­der­stood.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are now look­ing into whether he also took a trip to Syria last year, ac­cord­ing to po­lice sources.

Moste­fai’s full name was re­vealed by the mayor of Chartres, a town 60 miles south­west of Paris, where Moste­fai had lived un­til three years ago. His home in a quiet sub­urb was a few miles from the Luce mosque where he was al­leged to have wor­shipped.

Karim Be­naya, the vice-pres­i­dent of the mosque, said the killer was not a reg­u­lar wor­ship­per there but ad­mit­ted that, at peak times, there were up to 200 peo­ple pray­ing and not all of their iden­ti­ties were known.

One for­mer neigh­bour de­scribed Moste­fai as sporty, around 6ft tall with ‘blue eyes and of mixed race’. It emerged that he had been a keen foot­baller and may have played for lo­cal team Chartres Hori­zon, al­though the club re­fused to con­firm this.

Oth­ers said that in Chartres Moste­fai, his wife and el­dest child had shared their fourbed­room home with his three broth­ers and two sis­ters, one as young as 14. The fam­ily were said to have lived off the in­come of Moste­fai’s fa­ther, a lorry driver.

The killer’s fa­ther and a 34-year-old brother, who said he had cut ties with Moste­fai sev­eral years ago, were placed in cus­tody on Satur­day evening and their homes were searched.

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