IS says Iraqis among Paris attackers

19th January 2016, Comments 0 comments

The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed that two of the jihadists behind the Paris attacks on November 13 were Iraqi, according to the latest issue of its magazine Dabiq.

The last page of the issue, which was distributed via online jihadist forums, is a photo montage headlined "Just Terror".

It shows the photographs of nine men in fatigues, set in typically stylised fashion against a landscape picture of Paris in black and white.

Two of them are identified as Iraqi.

Among the men pictured is Abdelhamid Abaaoud, identified by his nom de guerre Abu Umar al-Baljiki, or Abu Umar the Belgian. Prosecutors have named him as an alleged planner of the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people and sent shockwaves across the world.

Abaaoud was killed in a shootout with French police days after the bloodiest attacks to hit Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.

The two men identified in IS' mouthpiece as Iraqis are named only as Ukashah al-Iraqi and Ali al-Iraqi.

Their full names remain unknown and no other information has been revealed.

Among at least nine jihadists behind the carnage were three suicide bombers who detonated their explosives at the Stade de France stadium near Paris.

Two of them had infiltrated the migrant trail using Syrian passports to travel into Europe.

Repeated calls have been issued for witnesses to come forward to identify the men, to no avail.

Investigators believe the passports did not actually belong to the attackers.


© 2016 AFP

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