Penpix of Paris terror suspects

19th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

Top Paris attacks fugitive Salah Abdeslam, arrested on Friday in a police raid in the gritty Brussels district of Molenbeek, was one of the most wanted men in Europe.

Another two suspects are still on the run, while 11 people have been charged in connection with the November 13 assaults in the French capital that claimed 130 lives.

Three others are behind bars elsewhere.

Here is a summary of the main suspects:

- The latest capture -

Salah Abdeslam, 26, a Belgian-born French national, is believed to have played a key logistical role in the attacks, and fled across the border to Belgium hours after the killings.

He and his brother Brahim, who blew himself up in Paris, had run a bar together in Molenbeek that was shut down by the authorities just weeks before the massacre.

Friends and locals had said they were fond of drink and a joint and that there was no sign they were radical Islamists with murderous intent.

- Two on the run -

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

Abrini and Abdeslam became friends when they were teenagers, according to their families, who are next-door neighbours in Molenbeek.

- The real name of the second fugitive is unknown.

He used false papers in the name of Soufiane Kayal at the border between Austria and Hungary on September 9 when he was travelling with Abdeslam and Mohamed Belkaid, a 35-year-old Algerian who was shot dead on Tuesday during a police raid in Forest, southwest of Brussels.

The three men posed as tourists heading to Vienna on holiday and did not raise suspicions.

Belgian investigators say Belkaid "more than likely" used the alias Samir Bouzid.

- 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, was 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 safe house 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 that 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 in 1985, of Belgian nationality, had on several occasions talked by telephone with Hasna Aitboulahcen, the cousin of suspected Paris attacks mastermind Abdelhamid Abaaoud who was killed along with him during a police raid outside Paris five days after the rampage.

- Ayoub Bazarouj: a 22-year-old Belgian living in 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.

- Three held 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 choose 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 living 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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