Who Are The 3 Brothers Allegedly Connected To The Paris Attacks?
Police issued an arrest warrant, photo, and description of suspected Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam on Sunday morning, telling the public that he is dangerous and not to intervene with him directly, according to The Guardian. Abdeslam's exact alleged involvement is unclear, but he apparently had close ties to the attacks on Friday. Abdeslam was one of three brothers that investigators believe orchestrated Friday's attacks, according to The New York Times. Just who are the three brothers potentially behind the Paris attacks? Abdeslam's brother, Ibrahim, was one of the suicide bombers killed in the attacks, while his other brother, Mohamed, was detained Saturday in Brussels.
According to The Guardian, French papers reported that two of the brothers' names were used to rent two cars with Belgian plates that were apparently used in the attacks. Salah is suspected of renting a black VW Polo, which was found near the Bataclan concert hall where 89 people were killed. Ibrahim's name was used to rent a black Seat Leon, which was later found abandoned in Parisian suburb Montreuil with several Kalashnikov automatic rifles inside, according to BBC News; The Telegraph reports that Ibrahim detonated his bomb and died outside of the Comptoir Voltaire restaurant in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
A senior European intelligence official told The Washington Post that Ibrahim and Salah had lived in Belgium for years and were French nationals. The official also confirmed that Ibrahim was a suicide bomber and said Salah "helped with logistics and, among other things, rented one of the cars used in the attacks," according to the Post. Other details about the brothers — like their potential ties to extremists or the Islamic State — are sparse so far.
Investigators said that eight assailants were involved in the coordinated attacks, but only seven had been reported dead so far, according to the Times. Six had reportedly blown themselves up via suicide vest, and one was killed in a shootout with police. So, when officials released Salah's name and description, listing him on a "wanted" notice, many assumed that he was the eighth man, though that detail hasn't been confirmed by investigators.
The Times also reported Sunday that both French and U.S. officials confirmed that the attackers communicated with ISIS members in Syria "at some point beforehand," to coordinate the attacks in Paris. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the Times that the attackers "prepared abroad and had mobilized a team of participants located on Belgian territory, and who may have benefited — the investigation will tell us more — from complicity in France."