Man who lodged suspected Paris attackers goes prior to judge

PARIS/BRUSSELS The man who supplied lodging for the presumed mastermind of the Paris attacks will go just before an anti-terrorism judge on Tuesday as the hunt for suspected gang member Salah Abdeslam, Europe’s most wanted fugitive, entered its 11th day.

Frenchman Jawad Bendaoud said prior to he was detained by police final Wednesday that he had been asked to put up two folks for 3 days in an apartment in St. Denis north of Paris, but he had no notion one of them was the attackers’ ringleader.

It was in this flat that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the suspected leader of the attacks claimed by Islamic State, died throughout a police raid along with Hasna Aitboulahcen, a lady believed to be his cousin, and an as yet unidentified third particular person.

Below French counter-terrorism laws, Bendaoud need to be charged or released on Tuesday. The Paris Prosecutor is due to hold a news conference at 6.30 p.m. (12:30 p.m. ET), though the prosecutor’s office has said Bendaoud will go just before a judge.

The Paris attacks that killed 130 folks on Friday, Nov. 13, at the national sports stadium, a concert venue and bars and restaurants in heart of the capital, shocked a city currently struck by Islamist gunmen in January.

Considering that the killings, France has moved its flagship Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier into the eastern Mediterranean to step up its bombardments of Islamic State targets in Syria and Iraq.

President Francois Hollande is also attempting to rally help this week for a more coordinated international campaign to destroy the militant group. He is due to meet President Barack Obama later on Tuesday and to go to Moscow on Thursday.

As millions of Americans prepare to travel for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, the U.S. State Division issued a worldwide alert of “improved terrorist threats”.

The agency stated on Monday present information suggested that Islamic State, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other groups continued to plan attacks in a number of regions.

BRUSSELS LOCKDOWN

French investigators are nonetheless piecing collectively exactly who did what when and have launched a enormous hunt to find Abdeslam, suspected of getting the eighth attacker pointed out by Islamic State when it claimed responsibility for the killings.

Abdeslam, 26, fled to Belgium the day soon after the shootings and his presumed presence in Brussels was one of the factors behind a safety lockdown that brought the city to a virtual standstill over the weekend.

Fearing an imminent Paris-style attack, Belgium has extended a maximum security alert in Brussels till next Monday but mentioned the metro method and schools might open once again on Wednesday.

Belgium has been at the heart of investigations into the attacks since France mentioned two of the suicide bombers in Paris had lived there. 4 folks, including two who traveled with Abdeslam back to Brussels, have been charged with terrorist offences in Belgium. Abdeslam’s brother Brahim blew himself

Although major shopping centers in Brussels remained closed on Tuesday, two Ikea furnishings shops on the edge of town reopened, along with some of the larger supermarkets in the city.

The Magritte museum remained shut, even so, and Brussels had but to determine whether to open its Christmas marketplace on Friday in the historic Grand Location, exactly where workers have set up stalls with an armored personnel carrier in the background.

“We are at the time of year when we are supposed to have a lot of folks, and improve organization. And there the issue with the attacks is men and women are scared and are afraid of leaving their homes,” mentioned Brussels toy shop worker Laeticia Shalaj.

Belgium’s King Philippe phoned King Mohammed of Morocco on Monday to ask for help in tracking down the militants behind the attacks, Belgium’s Interior Ministry stated.

A French police source stated final week that Morocco tipped off Paris that Abaaoud, one particular of Islamic State’s most high-profile European recruits, was in France at the time of the attacks rather than in Syria as widely believed.

EXPLOSIVE BELT?

As authorities tried to establish Abdeslam’s movements and whereabouts, a source mentioned he traveled by means of Italy in August with a companion, but his presence caused no alarm because he was not a wanted man at the time.

His companion was Ahmet Dahmani, a Belgian man of Moroccan origin who was arrested in Turkey final week on suspicion of involvement in the Paris attacks, the investigative supply stated.

Tracing Abdeslam’s movements given that the attacks has been a principal concentrate of the investigations in Paris. A suspected explosive belt was located dumped near the capital on Monday, close to a place exactly where his mobile phone was detected the evening right after the attacks, a source close to the investigation mentioned.

The very same telephone was also detected soon after the attacks in the 18th district in the north of Paris, near an abandoned auto he had rented, prior to getting picked up in Chatillon in the south close to where the suspected belt was identified.

It was nonetheless becoming established on Tuesday no matter whether the belt was Abdeslam’s. A single theory was that Abdeslam had intended to blow himself up in the 18th district but had abandoned the plan, despite the fact that it was not clear why.

Dozens of folks have been arrested and hundreds of homes searched by police in the wake of the attacks, most of them as part of a broad sweep that is not especially targeting folks believed to have played a direct part in the attacks.

Police backed up by helicopters descended on a southwestern French village on Tuesday where Salafist preacher Olivier Corel, nicknamed the “White Emir” and suspected of mentoring young Jihadists, lives, a supply close to the case said.

(Further reporting by Julie Rimbert in Toulouse Writing by David Clarke editing by Giles Elgood)

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