The jihadi who masterminded the November Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, informed a friend he commanded 90 “kamikaze-in-waiting” terrorists who entered into Europe under the pretense of migrants and refugees, a leaked international police report reveals.
The report leaked to The New York Times poses as a serious problem after three explosions claimed by the Islamic State in Brussels Tuesday left at least 31 dead. The report details Abaaoud telling his friend he and 90 jihadis all got into Europe by hiding among the flood of migrants.
“Abaaoud clearly presented himself as the commander of these 90 kamikazes-in-waiting, and that he had come directly to France in order to avoid the failures they had experienced in the past,” The New York Times reports.
The Daily Caller reports:
Abaaoud was killed in a police raid on his residence in November, and another Paris attacker, Salah Abdeslam, was captured in Brussels last week. Abdeslam told interrogators he was “ready to restart something from Brussels,” Belgium’s Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said after his capture,reported ABC News.
Investigators found “a lot of weapons” and “a new network” of at least 30 terrorists in Brussels, Reynders said, adding: “We have found more than 30 people involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris, but we are sure that there are others.”
The network of kamikazes-in-waiting illustrate a dark picture for Europe, where more suicide attacks are expected to occur. Information sharing has been a challenge for the EU which has lead to many jihadis flying under the radar.
“We don’t share information,” former head of French intelligence Alain Chouet told the New York Times. “We even didn’t agree on the translations of people’s names that are in Arabic or Cyrillic, so if someone comes into Europe through Estonia or Denmark, maybe that’s not how we register them in France or Spain.”
The report also states that a lack of border controls played a big role in allowing the terrorists to move freely around Europe, without arousing suspicion. As of now, there are no large efforts to increase border controls and information sharing between European countries.
(H/T: The New York Times)