3 Paris attackers feature in ISIS recruitment files

Mar 13, 2016, 09:31 IST | Agencies

Names of three of the Paris attackers figure in a massive documents leak from the Islamic State militant group, media reports said on Saturday.

A survivor of the Paris attacks last November. Pic/AFP
A survivor of the Paris attacks last November. Pic/AFP

Samy Amimour, Foued Mohamed-Aggad and Omar Ismail Mostefai — believed to have carried out the worst attack in Paris at the Bataclan theatre during a concert by a rock band last November — are among 22,000 ISIS recruits worldwide whose identities have been revealed in the recent leak.

As many as 90 people were killed using guns and suicide vests in the Bataclan attack during a concert by Eagles of Death Metal, whose singer and guitarist Jesse Hughes yesterday apologised for alleging that the club’s security guards were involved, saying he was struggling with trauma.

The ISIS files, obtained by German, UK and Syrian opposition media, are said to identify thousands of recruits from at least 40 countries. The files indicate that the three men who attacked the Bataclan entered ISIS territory in 2013 and 2014.

The identity of 29-year-old French national Mostefai from a poor Paris suburb, was confirmed using a severed fingertip found at the Bataclan. Amimour, a 28-year-old former bus driver from the Paris suburb of Drancy, and 23-year-old Mohamed-Aggad from Strasbourg were the other two.

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