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French Authorities Identify Third Bataclan Shooter

French Authorities Identify Third Bataclan Shooter

Foued Mohamed-Aggad was born in Strasbourg.

Nearly a month after the horrific Paris terror attack, French authorities have successfully identified the third gunman who opened fire on the crowd at the Bataclan Theatre. Foued Mohamed-Aggad, 23, was born in Strasbourg in northeastern France. He spent some time in Syria in 2013 and authorities had thought he was still abroad.

A lawyer for his family told press that Mohamed-Aggad’s mother apparently received a text message from Syria about ten days ago which read simply: Your son died as a martyr on November 13. She contacted authorities, who used DNA testing to confirm Mohamed-Aggad’s involvement.

Reuters reports:

“The SMS message told her that her son had died, saying: “He died on November 13 with his brothers”,” said Francoise Cotta, lawyer for the mother and her family, who said the woman got the text message 10 days ago.

“She was instantly struck by the horrific thought that he might have been one of the Bataclan suicide attackers,” said Cotta, adding that she was asked by the dead man’s mother to get in touch with investigators.

Mohamed-Aggad went to Syria in late 2013 with a gang of others from his neighbourhood in an area outside the eastern French city of Strasbourg. Seven of the group were arrested in May 2014 after returning to France.

It remained unclear when and how Mohamed-Aggad returned to France, where intelligence services are under scrutiny over their monitoring of the movements of home-grown jihadists.

His older brother Karim, who also went to Syria, is in jail in France, the officials said.

Mohamed-Aggad was one of three to attack the crowd at the theater. However, unlike Samy Amimour and Omar Ismail Mostefai, his co-attackers, he did not have a criminal record and authorities did not have his DNA on file.

Mohamed-Aggad’s identity was released Wednesday afternoon in a press conference by French Prime Minister Manuel Valla. Valla stressed that while progress was being made, a full investigation of the attacks and the conspiracy behind them would take time.

“What is important is that the investigation is progressing, that the accomplices are found out, that arrests happen,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Wednesday.

“This will all take time. And in the face of the terrorist threat that is unfortunately here, we need to carry on with this work of tracking down terrorists because we are at war with radical Islam, with Daesh,” he said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Most worrying, Mohamed-Aggad’s identification continues the home-grown terror trend. Thus far, all of the 13 identified terrorists have been French or Belgian citizens, many of whom spent time fighting in Syria.

Identification work still continues, however. Authorities have yet to determine the identity of one of the men killed with the suspected architect of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, during a police raid on Nov. 18.

Two bombers who detonated suicide vests outside of a soccer stadium were traveling on false papers. Their identities also remain unknown.

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RFAIM clarifies headline:

“French Authorities Identify Pieces of Third Bataclan Shooter”

[*Rednecks for accuracy in media]

So they didn’t know he was back in the country? Could open border immigration of refugees have anything to do with his unidentified re-entry?

legacyrepublican | December 10, 2015 at 10:05 am

This will all take time. And in the face of the terrorist threat that is unfortunately here, we need to carry on with this work of tracking down terrorists because we are at war with radical Islam

How come the French recognize Radical Islam and we can’t or won’t?

What does it say about France’s farcical, non-existent immigration controls that known, supected or likely jihadists can travel as they please to global hotspots to hone their bombmaking and military skills, then return right back home to victimize “infidel” victims? Europe has completely lost control of its borders.

    Ragspierre in reply to guyjones. | December 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Mohamed-Aggad went to Syria in late 2013 with a gang of others from his neighbourhood in an area outside the eastern French city of Strasbourg. Seven of the group were arrested in May 2014 after returning to France.

    It remained unclear when and how Mohamed-Aggad returned to France, where intelligence services are under scrutiny over their monitoring of the movements of home-grown jihadists.

    His older brother Karim, who also went to Syria, is in jail in France, the officials said.
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    One of the things about ISIS is that they have money and are quite savvy. They can provide excellent false documents and even charter private aircraft.

    What we don’t know about this operation is still vast.

      guyjones in reply to Ragspierre. | December 10, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Fair enough, but, there is a larger lesson here, to wit, that one cannot admit Mohammedans into a western country on any large scale and then attempt to engage in a futile, post-hoc attempt to discern which of them happens to believe in, or, lends support to, jihad, and then attempt to keep tabs on them. It’s an utter logistical impossibility. The entire ideology as stated in its founding scripture is an unabashedly fascist and supremacist doctrine that is completely at odds with western secular values and freedoms. That Mohammedans may interpret that scripture in different ways and in varying degrees of fidelity is a given, but, I submit that we don’t have the luxury of trusting that our immigration controls and law enforcement apparatus have the fine discernment to be able, with an absolute certainty, to pick out the most fervent and violent-prone adherents and keep them under strict scrutiny. A total ban on Mohammadan immigration is a necessity if we take the security of our society and our citizens seriously.

        Ragspierre in reply to guyjones. | December 11, 2015 at 8:14 am

        What’s funny is that you can’t seem to deal with the reality that these ARE citizens, not foreign fighters who you could exclude.

        AND they could be named Randy Jones or Hans Nordlinger.

          guyjones in reply to Ragspierre. | December 12, 2015 at 1:09 pm

          There are ways of making a point without adopting a snarky tone, Rags. Resorting to that attitude because of perceived points of disagreement is unnecessary and silly.

          I actually wasn’t aware that the Paris terrorists were citizens; I’m talking about the broader issue of admitting Mohammedan immigrants into Western societies.

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