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Paris terror attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud 'returned to scene of attacks' - prosecutor

Michel Rose and Sophie Louet

Published 24/11/2015 | 19:06

Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who has been identified by French authorities as the chief organiser of the Paris attacks
Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who has been identified by French authorities as the chief organiser of the Paris attacks

The ringleader of the Paris attacks returned to the area where gunmen and suicide bombers had earlier murdered people in cafes and bars, the Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference.

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Molins said Abdelhamid Abaaoud boarded a metro going back to the centre of Paris and the phone he was believed to be using was detected in the 10th, 11th and 12th districts, and by the Bataclan concert hall while attacks there were still underway.

The French prosecutor also said that Jawad Bendaoud, the man who provided accommodation to three people killed in a police raid last week, must have been aware that he had helped suspected terrorists.

French police were involved in a seven-hour gunfight with the people staying at the St Denis apartment north of Paris on Nov. 18, days after coordinated attacks by Islamist militants in and around Paris in which 130 people were killed.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud
Abdelhamid Abaaoud

"He couldn't possibly have been unaware... that he was taking part in a terrorist organisation," Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference.

Molins said he would ask a judge to allow a formal investigation of Bendaoud's role.

Investigating police officers are pictured outside Saint Denis
Investigating police officers are pictured outside Saint Denis
People work inside the damaged building of Wednesday's raid on an apartment in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis

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