Paris terror attacks: 'French' attacker identified

Nov 15, 2015, 12:24 IST | Agencies

London: After French President Francois Hollande announced that the Paris attackers had 'inside' help in executing the coordinated series of attacks, one of the suicide bombers from the Bataclan massacre has been identified as a French national.

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The Guardian reports that French media has identified Ismaïl Omar Mostefai, a 29-year-old Frenchman from the southern Paris suburb of Courcouronnes as one of the attackers who blew themselves up at the concert hall where a rock show was in progress. He was reportedly identified from police fingerprint records.

Police forces on patrol pass under the closed Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Pic/PTI
Police forces on patrol pass under the closed Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. Pic/PTI

He allegedly has a criminal record and has close links to radical Islam, but had never been linked to terrorism.

Omar's kin including his brother and father have been reportedly detained by the police and their homes also have been searched.

Three other French citizens also have been arrested from Belgium in connection with the attacks.

France, Greece, Germany and Belgium have pooled in their resources to identify the network of attackers and swift arrests are being made.

Paris prosecutors have claimed that the attack was carried out in groups of three by the seven attackers, in six separate assaults across the French capital which killed 129 people.

Also read: Paris terror attacks: ISIS warns carnage is 'first of the storm'

The seven attackers were killed in the attacks after six blew themselves up with suicide vests and one was shot dead by police, reports say.

After French President Francois Hollande accused the ISIS of waging an 'act of war', the terror outfit came out and issued a warning saying the Paris attack was just the 'first of the storm' that was heading towards France.

According to reports, ISIS claimed responsibly for the cold-blooded series of attacks in Paris in an audio statement released online in multiple languages, saying the 'blessed' attacks by the 'soldiers' had targeted the 'capital of prostitution and obscenity, the carrier of the banner of the cross in Europe.'

The statement added that the deadly attack was the 'first of the storm and should be a warning to those who wish to learn'.

"Let France and those who walk in its path know that they will remain on the top of the list of targets of the Islamic State," the terror outfit said in their statement.

Earlier, Hollande held the ISIS responsible and vowed to lead a 'merciless' retaliation against them.

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