Paris attacks: Text to mother outs Foued Mohamed-Aggad as third Bataclan gunman

December 9, 2015 6:18 pm

Mohamed-Aggad travelled to Syria two years ago with his brother and
only returned when his mother paid his way. Photo / AFP

The third gunman who terrorised ’ Bataclan concert hall before
being killed last month in the attack has been identified as a Frenchman
who left for Syria in 2013. The development came after his mother
received a text message announcing his death and gave a DNA sample to
The was further confirmation that the deadly Paris
attacks were carried out largely, if not entirely, by Europeans trained
by the Islamic State group in Syria.
All the attackers identified
so far have been from or Belgium, native French speakers who
joined Islamic State extremists. The Bataclan attackers, who carried
automatic weapons and wore suicide vests, were responsible for the worst
of the carnage. Of the 130 killed in Paris that night, nearly
three-quarters died at the concert venue.
Foued Mohamed-Aggad
left Strasbourg for Syria in late 2013, a French judicial official said,
at a time when about a dozen young men from the eastern French city
headed to the war zone.

Some returned of their own will – including his brother –
telling investigators they were disgusted by what they had seen. The
Frenchman many of the returnees said recruited them for IS, Mourad
Fares, is also under arrest. All are charged with terror-related
offenses and face trial.
Mohamed-Aggad’s mother received a text
message in English about 10 days ago announcing her son’s death “as a
martyr” on Nov. 13 – a typical way that IS notifies families of
casualties. Then she gave French police a DNA sample which showed that
one of her sons was killed inside the Bataclan, his brother’s lawyer
said, confirming an account by French officials, who requested anonymity
to release details of the investigation.
“Without the mother, there would have been nothing,” said the lawyer, Francoise Cotta.

‘I would have killed him’

said Mohamed-Aggad had told his family months ago that he was going to
be a suicide bomber in Iraq and had no intention of returning to France.
Cotta told The Associated Press that Mohamed-Aggad was flagged as a
radical but there was no warrant for his arrest.
“What kind of
human being could do what he did?” his father, Said, told The Parisien
newspaper. “If I had known he would do something like this, I would have
killed him.”
The other two Bataclan attackers, Omar Ismail
Mostefai and Samy Amimour, were also French. Two of the three gunmen
detonated their explosives when police special forces moved in, while
the third was shot by an officer and his explosives went off.
is still identification work for the police to do. One of the Paris
attackers, who was killed on November 18 in a police raid on a hideout
nearby, remains unidentified. Two of the suicide bombers at the French
national stadium carried Syrian passports that are believed to be fake.
is important is that the investigation is progressing, that the
accomplices are found out, that arrests happen,” French Prime Minister
Manuel Valls said.
“This will all take time. And in the face of
the terrorist threat that is unfortunately here, we need to carry on
with this work of tracking down terrorists because we are at war with
radical Islam, with Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the
Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attacks.
who struck Paris that night included three suicide bombers at the
stadium, a squad who shot up bars and restaurants, a suicide bomber at a
restaurant and the three gunmen at the Bataclan.

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