Monday, November 23, 2015

Cops release photo of THIRD suicide bomber behind Stade de France blasts

French police issue an image of the third suicide bomber from the Stade de France stadium attack
Bomber: French cops want help in identifying the man
French police have released this picture of the third suicide bomber who took part in the attack on the Stade de France last Friday night.
Cops have published the image in the hope the public can help identify him.
The French National Police posted a photo of the man on Twitter this evening.
The picture reportedly shows a man known as M al-Mahmod, according to the BBC.
He is believed to have entered the Greek island of Leros with another terrorist travelling under the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad.
The man was one of three people killed in attacks at the stadium.
The bombers had tried to get into the Stade de France during the international friendly match between France and Germany, but were blocked at the turnstyles.

SplashRescuers evacuate injured people near the Stade de France stadium
Bombs: Rescuers evacuate injured people near the Stade de France stadium
Picture Alliance/PhotoshotSpectators are gathering on the pitch of the stadium
Fear: Spectators gather on the pitch oafter the international friendly match between France and Germany
They detonated their suicide vests - killing themselves and one passer-by.
One of the suicide bombers was 20-year-old Belgian Bilal Hadfi, who spent time fighting with IS in Syria before detonating his suicide vest outside the venue.
Two others brought fake passports along to the suicide mission, and they were found among the body parts and debris left behind.
While the names on the travel documents are unlikely to be those of the bombers, the photos would have to have been genuine as they were used to fool the authorities to let the men into Europe.
A second bomber had a passport in the name of Ahmed Almuhamed, a Syrian aged 25 who entered the EU with 69 other refugees after their boat sank off the Greek island of Leros on October 3rd.
AFP/Getty ImagesFrench police issue an image of the third suicide bomber from the Stade de France stadium attack
French police issue an image of the third suicide bomber from the Stade de France stadium attack
The third man – who carried a passport with the name of Mohammad al-Mahmod – caused an explosion at 9.30pm on the Rue Jules-Rimet, close to Door H of the stadium, which is in the suburb of Saint-Denis, just north of Paris.
Like the man posing as Almuhamed, he was stopped by the Greek authorities on October 3 in Leros, posing as an escapee from the Syrian civil war.
After taking a ferry to Piraeus, the port of Athens, on October 8, both men were fingerprinted and then travelled into Europe via Serbia.
A first blast, which killed a bystander, sent shrapnel and flesh whizzing through the restaurant and left a large shattered dent in its frontage of triple-layered toughened glass.
A stadium security guard identified only as Jeremy said he arrived to help with the aftermath when the second blast went off minutes later, outside Gate H. This was where the 'Mohammad al-Mahmod' bomb went off. ‘Everyone was stepping on each other. It was a mess,’ said Jeremy.
Salah Abdeslam
On the run: Salah Abdeslam
It comes as it was claimed that one of the gunman wanted over the Paris attacks is Skyping friends from his hideout in Brussels.
Salah Abdeslam is thought to have played a key role in organising last Friday's atrocities in the French capital , where 130 people died in a series of coordinated gun and bomb attacks on cafes, restaurants, a gig venue and the Stade de France.
He was stopped and questioned by police at the Belgian border on November 13, the night of the attacks, but was allowed to pass through.
An international arrest warrant is now out for the 26-year-old suspect, who is thought to be hiding in his family’s hometown of Molenbeek, Brussels.
Now two friends have told ABC News they spoke to Abdeslam over Skype on Tuesday evening.
The men, who have not been named, said Abdeslam is desperate to get back to the ISIS stronghold in Syria.
He is being hunted not only by French and Belgian officials, but also local ISIS members who are angry that he did not detonate his suicide vest, the friends said.
That friend, who also wished to remain anonymous, said: “I met Salah on Tuesday night. He is here in Brussels but not for long. He told me that he had gone too far.
“He is now overwhelmed by what happened and cannot give himself up because there will be consequences for his family.”

Salah's brother Mohamed, who was arrested by police in the wake of the attacks but later released, has made an appeal for his brother to give himself up.
"I believe he is not far away," said Mohamed, from his home in Brussels.
Brussels is currently on a full scale terror alert following an intelligence warning of an imminent Paris-style attack on the Belgian capital.
And yesterday six Pakistani-born UK nationals were arrested in Brussels after they were spotted in three old ­ambulances near an Esso garage regularly used by Salah Abdeslam.
One of the men held is ­understood to be known to British ­police who are assisting Belgian authorities.