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Italian police arrest suspect over 2015 Paris attacks

March 8, 2021

Italian police have arrested a man on suspicion of helping the perpetrators of the coordinated atrocities, including the attack on the Bataclan concert hall. Scores of people were killed in the 2015 attacks.

The front entrance of the Bataclan concert hall
Investigators in southern Italy said the man gave direct support to the bombers and gunmen at the BataclanImage: Jens Knappe/360-Berlin/dpa/picture alliance

Police on Monday said they had arrested an Algerian man in the southern town of Bari on suspicion of belonging to the militant "Islamic State" (IS) group and involvement in the Paris attacks.

The coordinated incidents on November 13, 2015, which killed 130 and left hundreds more wounded, were France's deadliest attacks since World War II.

The perpetrators targeted people with guns and explosives at the Bataclan concert hall, as well as restaurants in eastern Paris and the vicinity of the Stade de France sports stadium.

Who is the arrested suspect?

A statement said that the man, named by the La Repubblica daily newspaper as Athmane T., was believed to have provided counterfeit documents to the gunmen and suicide bombers.

Investigators said the 36-year-old was part of an IS cell that had been operating in France and Belgium with his two brothers, according to Italian media.

He had reportedly already been in prison in Bari for carrying false documents and was set to be released in June.

The suspect is also believed to have had contact with two of the extremists involved in the Paris attacks of January 2015, who attacked a Jewish supermarket and the Charlie Hebdo newsroom.

The trial of 20 people charged over the jihadi attacks in November 2015 is expected to get underway in late 2021.

rc/rt (Reuters, AFP)