Daesh cell in Belgium linked to Paris attacks

Published November 16th, 2015 - 09:42 GMT
The Molenbeek neighborhood in Brussels, Belgium, where multiple suspects in the Paris attacks have been arrested. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)
The Molenbeek neighborhood in Brussels, Belgium, where multiple suspects in the Paris attacks have been arrested. (AFP/Emmanuel Dunand)

AFP reports that a Belgian Daesh cell group, raided in January, has ties to the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks - revealing that Daesh is far more widespread in Europe than previously thought.

One of the indentified bombers in the Paris attacks, Brahim Abdeslam, was named in multiple police reports in 2010 and 2011 alongside Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a known Daesh organizer in Belgium.

Abaaoud is Belgian of Moroccan descent, and claims responsibility for leading the Daesh cell in Belgium. He has not been apprehended by authorities, and the English-language Daesh magazine Dabiq states that he has travelled to rejoin Daesh in Syria.

Abdeslam, a Belgium-based Frenchman who committed a suicide attack at Boulevard Voltaire, and Abaaoud lived in the Brussels district of Molenbeek. As Al Bawaba previously reported, officials arrested three additional suspects related to the Paris attacks in Molenbeek. The neighborhood is known for Daesh recruiting and authorities are watching it closely.

French authorities are currently searching for an eighth suspected shooter in the Paris attacks - the Belgian-born Abdeslam Salah. Belgian authorities are conducting raids and searching as well. 

In January 2015, Belgian police broke up a Daesh cell in the eastern town of Verviers. The group had plans to launch a follow-up attack in Belgium after the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.


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