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Athens and Paris argue whether the jihadist went through Greece

21 November 2015 / 15:11:47  GRReporter
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A dispute sparked between France and Greece over the jihadists who sank Paris in blood. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve made a statement that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to have been the head of the terrorist attacks, came from Greece. On Thursday, he said that the intelligence service of a country outside Europe had informed them on 16 November that Abaaoud was residing in Greece.

Moreover, the French authorities have confirmed that the two suicide bombers involved in the attack by the Stade de France had passed through Greece. The second of them was registered on Leros on 3 October. As claimed by the Paris prosecutor's office, "he was identified as the person whose fingerprints match those taken on 3 October in Greece."

Sources from the police and intelligence services told Reuters that the man, near whose body a Syrian passport was found with the name Ahmad Al Mohammad, probably had an accomplice with whom he had travelled together through the Balkans on their way to Western Europe.

On Friday evening, the deputy minister for citizens' protection, Nikos Toscas, reacted sharply against Cazeneuve's statement. He expressed his bewilderment over the allegations of the French interior ministry that Abaaud had passed through Greece. "This information has not been confirmed in any way, and to this day no source has sent us any data to confirm this. The statement is based exclusively on publications from January 2015, which are continuously syndicated," said Toskas pointing his arrows towards his French counterpart. And he didn't stop there: he urged the competent French authorities to "immediately take a public position on these statements."

"Abaaoud coordinated the operation from a house in Athens"

Toskas reaction comes after the report of the United States Department of Homeland Security distributed by Foxnews. This report pinpoints Abaaud as the leader of the jihadist core in Belgium.

The report includes publications of Belgian media on a prevented attack in Belgium. It also states that Abaaud coordinated the operation from a house in Athens via mobile phone, at a time when other members of the group were acting in different European countries.

Tags: terrorist attacks Paris Abdelhamid Abaaoud Bernard Kaznyov Nikos Toscas
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