Bataclan attacker ID’d: Third Bataclan Attacker
Published: December 9, 2015
Bataclan attacker ID’d: Third Bataclan Attacker, Aggad’s father. Saïd Mohamed Aggad, told Le Parisien: “He lied to us. He said he was going on holiday two years ago and he went to Syria. I thought he would die in Syria or Iraq, not come back here and do that,” Aggad added.
“The last time I heard from him was four or five months ago via Skype. As usual, he didn’t say where he was or what he was doing. He spoke a lot about jihad. What can I say? It was like talking to someone different, someone who had been brainwashed. There wasn’t anything more to say to him.
“Each time there was a call, I was expecting to hear he had died in a bombing or something else. It would have been better that he died in Syria.”
Aggad’s identity came to light after his mother received a text message in English 10 days ago announcing her son’s death “as a martyr” on 13 November, a typical way Isis 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.
“Without the mother, there would have been nothing,” the lawyer, Francoise Cotta, told BFM television. Cotta said 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.
Two members of the group that went to Syria with Aggad were killed. All the others, except Aggad, returned to France in February 2014 after a few weeks in Syria. They were arrested three months later, a judicial source and other sources close to the situation told Reuters.His older brother, Karim, who also visited Syria, is in jail in France, the judicial source said.
The Frenchman believed to have recruited them, Mourad Fares, is also under arrest. All are charged with terror-related offences and face trial.
The latest information means that all of the assailants identified so far were French or Belgian, all native French speakers, and the attacks increasingly appear to have been part of a homegrown terror plot.
All three Bataclan attackers were killed, two by detonating suicide vests and one who was shot by police.
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