Paris suicide bomber identified as Belgian-Moroccan

A man who detonated a suicide bomb at an apartment outside of Paris shortly after the terrorist attacks of November 13 has been identified as Belgian-Moroccan man Chakrib Akrouh.

Akrouh, who died during a police raid on a Saint Denis apartment where suspected attack leader Abdelhamid Abaaoud was hiding, was identified by a DNA match between samples taken from him and his mother, the Paris prosecutor said in a statement on Thursday night.

Abaaoud and his cousin Hasna Aitboulahcen were also killed during the police raid, although it's unclear whether their deaths were caused by police or Akrouh's detonation.

Investigators believe Akrouh took part in the November 13 attacks, which left 130 people dead and hundreds injured. They suspect he may have been involved, alongside Abaaoud, in an attack group that targeted cafes and bars. Two other groups targeted the Stade de France stadium and Bataclan concert hall.

After the raid, investigators said that Abaaoud and others were planning another attack on Paris' business district.

Twenty-five-year-old Akrouh was known to Belgian counterterrorism authorities after having visited Syria in 2013 and again in 2015, French newspaper Le Monde reported.

Last update: Fri, 15/01/2016 - 10:58

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