Father of third Bataclan gunman would 'have killed' son had he known of terror plot
Published 09/12/2015 | 17:25
The father of the man identified as the third Bataclan concert hall gunman during the Paris attacks says he “would have killed” his son with his own hands had he known what he was planning.
French national Foued Mohamed-Aggad (23) was named by police as one of the three men who stormed the popular music venue and killed 89 people in the bloodiest of several attacks in the French capital three weeks ago.
Along with fellow Frenchmen Omar Ismail Mostefai and Samy Amimour, the 23-year-old opened fire on the crowd at the Eagles of Death Metal concert.
Two detonated their explosives when police special forces moved in and one was shot by police.
In total 130 people were killed in Paris on November 13 in a series of coordinated attacks by eight gunman claiming loyalty to Islamic State.
Expressing his shock over his son’s actions, Saïd Mohamed Aggad told Le Parisien newspaper he would have killed the 23-year-old had he known his intent.
“If I had known he would do something like this, I would have killed him,” he said.
“What kind of human being could do what he did?”
Mr Mohamed Aggad said he had not spoken to his son for “at least five months” before the attacks, saying that the 23-year-old had been lying to the family for sometime about his activities.
“He lied to us. He said he was going on holiday two years ago but he went to Syria. I thought he would die in Syria or Iraq, not come back here and do that,” Mr Aggad said.
“It would have been better had he died in Syria.
“The last time I heard from him was four or five months ago via Skype. As usual, he didn’t say where he was or what he was doing.
“He spoke a lot about jihad. What can I say? It was like talking to someone different, someone who had been brainwashed. There wasn’t anything more to say to him.”
Mr Aggad told the newspaper his wife received a text message in English about 10 days ago announcing her son's death "as a martyr" on November 13 - the typical way that ISIS notifies families of casualties.
Then she gave French police a DNA sample which showed that one of her sons was killed inside the Bataclan.
"Without the mother, there would have been nothing," said the family's lawyer, Francoise Cotta.
Ms Cotta said Mohamed-Aggad had told his family months ago that he was going to be a suicide bomber in Iraq and had no intention of returning to France.
She told The Associated Press that Mohamed-Aggad was flagged as a radical but there was no warrant for his arrest.