Penpix of the Paris terror suspects

15th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Belgian and French police staged a major anti-terror raid in Brussels on Tuesday, coming under fire as they conducted a search connected to the November Paris attacks.

One suspect was killed and four Belgian police were wounded during the latest operation to track down those behind the November massacre in which 130 people were killed.

So far, Belgium has charged 11 people in connection with the bloodshed, while three others are behind bars elsewhere and four more on the run. Here is a summary of the main suspects:

- 4 on the run -

- Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is believed to have played a key logistical role in the attacks, fled across the border to Belgium hours after the killings and is now one of the most wanted men in Europe.

- Mohamed Abrini, 30, was filmed with Abdeslam on November 11 at a service station on a motorway linking Paris and Brussels.

- "Samir Bouzid" and "Soufiane Kayal" are the names on false Belgian identity cards presented by two individuals checked at the frontier between Austria and Hungary on September 9 with Abdeslam.

- 11 charged in Belgium -

- Mohammed Amri, 27, and Hamza Attou, 21, brought Abdeslam back to Belgium several hours after the Paris attacks.

- Lazez Abraimi, a 39-year-old Moroccan living in the Brussels region, arrested after traces of blood and two handguns were found in his car.

- Ali Oulkadi, a 31-year-old French national, drove Abdeslam through Brussels the day after the attacks and dropped him off at a safehouse used as a workshop for manufacturing of explosive belts.

- Abdeilah Chouaa, 30. His name was discovered in the prison cell of a man detained in the southern Belgian city of Namur whom Abdeslam phoned on the evening of November 13.

- Mohamed Bakkali: a BMW car which he hired was seen in the immediate proximity of three safe-houses in which the Paris attacks were prepared.

- Samir Z: A French national born in 1995 was arrested in late November at Brussels airport when he was on the point of leaving for Morocco. He was freed in February.

- Pierre N: A Belgian born in 1987, close to Paris suicide bomber Bilal Hadfi. He was remanded in custody until late December.

- Abdoullah C., born 1985, of Belgian nationality, had on several occasions talked on the telephone with Hasna Aitboulahcen, the young woman who was killed with suspected mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud outside Paris five days after the attacks.

- Ayoub Bazarouj: a 22-year-old Belgian living in the Brussels' district of Molenbeek where investigators mistakenly thought they had tracked down Abdeslam three days after the attacks. He was freed on January 22.

- Zakaria J., born in 1986 and of Belgian nationality. Reportedly a friend of Abaaoud.

- 3 jailed elsewhere -

- Ahmed Dahmani, 26: A Belgian of Moroccan origin, he was arrested in Turkey where he arrived from Amsterdam the day after the Paris attacks. Believed to be heading to Syria when he was stopped, he is suspected of helping chose the targets in Paris.

- A Belgian of Moroccan origin identified as Gelel Attar by Brussels prosecutors was arrested in Morocco on January 18 on suspicion of having direct ties to the Paris attackers.

- An Algerian residing in Belgium and suspected of having links with the Paris attacks was arrested on February 27 in Algeria. Algerian press reports identified him as Zouhir Mehdaoui, 29, a close associate of Abaaoud.


© 2016 AFP

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