Caught! Paris attacks: Suspect’s ‘accomplice’ named as Najim Laachraoui

Caught! Paris attacks: Suspect’s ‘accomplice’ named as Najim Laachraoui


Belgian prosecutors state that DNA has identified an accomplice of gained Paris attacks defendant Salah Abdeslam.The guy is named as Najim Laachraoui, 24, still on the run. A statement said that his DNA had been found in houses used by the suspected jihadist network and he was using false ID.

Abdeslam is being interrogated and was captured in Brussels on Friday. French President Francois Hollande will after meet relatives of a number of the 130 killed in the 13 November strikes. Meanwhile, Abdeslam’s lawyer has denied Belgian media reports the suspect will end up an informer in return for more lenient treatment.So called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the Paris attacks. The Belgian prosecutor’s statement said that last September Abdeslam had travelled twice to the Hungarian capital Budapest, utilizing a rental car.

In the car were two other men, using fake Belgian identity cards together with the names Soufiane Kayal and Samir Bouzid.

DNA seen at houses in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek and town of Auvelais has now identified as Laachraoui Soufiane Kayal.

Belgian police say Samir Bouzid was “most likely” Mohamed Belkaid. He was killed by a police sniper in a raid on a flat outside Brussels on 15 March.

The prosecutor appealed for public help in locating Laachraoui.