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Paris attacks organiser 'targeted business district' in bomb plot

© Kenzo Tribouillard, AFP | French soldiers patrol at Paris's La Defense business district on November 24, 2015 as part of security measures set following the November 13 attacks.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-11-25

The suspected coordinator of the November 13 Paris attacks planned to blow himself up in a suicide attack in the city's La Defense business district, the chief prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Belgian jihadist Abdelhamid Abaaoud aimed to target the area in western Paris along with an accomplice just days after the November 13 carnage, which left 130 people dead in the French capital, Paris prosecutor François Molins told reporters.

Molins added that Abaaoud returned to the targeted cafes, bars and the Bataclan concert hall just a few hours after the coordinated November 13 attack.

Mobile geolocalistaion data showed that Abaaoud boarded a metro heading to the centre of Paris, travelling to each of the districts where the attacks took place at approximately 9.30pm on a busy Friday night in the French capital.

Returned to scene of crime

“They believe that Abaaoud returned to the scenes of the crime, notably to outside the Bataclan, between 10.30pm and 12.30am on the night of the attacks,” FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris-Trent reported.

Abaaoud was among three people who died during a police raid on an apartment in a northern Paris suburb in the days after the attacks. One of the three has still not been identified, but is believed to have died when a suicide vest exploded.

Another suspect, Salah Abdeslam, is still at large 11 days after the attacks.

“The police have an awful lot of leads but they still have no idea where the surviving attacker is,” Norris-Trent said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP, REUTERS)

Date created : 2015-11-24

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