Paris – France ends the search for the most wanted man in Europe, Abdelhamid Abaaoud When, they confirmed on Thursday that the brain of the Islamic State in the attacks of Paris was among those who were killed in a police raid in the northern suburb of Saint-Denis.
The authorities, after Wednesday’s incursion and shooting that occurred in an apartment building in Saint-Denis, which left at least two people dead and included a suicide attack, identified the mutilated body of the Belgian, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, through his fingerprints.
French police would have gathered in Saint-Denis after receiving information that there was a relationship between the apartment and Abaaoud having collected and analyzed telephone conversations. But despite residents of the suburb confirmed having seen this person in a local mosque, the authorities didn’t know for sure where he was.
It was considered that the Belgian jihadist was in Syria, where he has appeared in several IS videos by calling the attacks in Europe, so its presence in France generates big questions about security failing.
It was confirmed that the terrorist had traveled into and through the EU from Syria at least twice in the past 12 months, passing through the security of countries like Germany and Belgium without any kind of alarm, which has put pressure on European leaders to gain greater control in both internal and external borders of Europe.
According to Seattle Times, the terrorist bragged in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine, that he was able to slip in and out of Europe undetected.
Despite the successful capture, the general -secretary for the France Police labor union, Michel Thooris, doesn’t rejoice in happiness, declaring “we can’t cry ‘victory over terrorism’”, “It’s a good thing, but we don’t think the entire network has been taken down,” he said.
The past of the mastermind
Abaaoud, the man of 27 years, was born in Morocco and raised in Molenbeek, a low-income district in Brussels that is seen as a center of Jihadist activity.
As Reported on People Magazine, the child’s father, Omar Abaaoud, said he had served time in jail because of minor crimes, and it was during his prison term when the father realized “signs of radicalization.”
In early 2014, Abdelhamid moved to Syria, carrying with him his 13 years old brother, and despite not showing interest in religion in the past, he published a video, that same year, which stated: “All my life, I have seen the blood of Muslims flow.” He also said, “I pray that Allah will break the backs of those who oppose him, his soldiers and his admirers, and that he will exterminate them.” By January 2015, it was found that the man was linked to a terrorist cell in Verviers in Belgium.
Authorities believe that the man could have been involved as planner on foiled attack against a high-speed train bound from Amsterdam to France, in which a gunman was overpowered by the passengers.
The man was also behind a foiled attack in April against a church located in the Parisian suburb of Villejuif that was frustrated when the would-be attacker shot himself in the foot, in this opportunity a young mother was shot and died.
He concluded his life with an important role as mastermind of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris, on Friday 13.
Source: Seattle Times