Could this be one of the faces of evil behind the Paris terrorist attacks? The Syrian passport found on a suicide bomber at the Bataclan concert hall identifies the man as Ahmed Almuhamed. Authorities are working to verify its authenticity.
Ahmed Almuhamed, 25, is purported to be one of the suicide bombers at the Bataclan concert hall, where 100 were taken hostage and 89 killed. The alleged ISIS terrorist. according to Serbian newspaper Blic, posed as a Syrian refugee in order to receive passage into France by way of Greece — along with one other bomber.
Ahmed, identified by Serbian authorities with the initials AA, reportedly came into Europe via the Greek island of Leros along with 70 Syrian refugees, who were escaping the war-torn country being completely ravaged by the savagery of ISIS. He was processed on October 3, according to Greek officials. Serbian authorities said the same man was processed at a border crossing from Macedonia into Serbia just a few days later.
“One of the suspected terrorists, AA, who is of interest to the French security agencies, was registered on the Presevo border crossing on October 7 this year, where he formally sought asylum,” the Serbian interior ministry said in a statement. “There was no Interpol warrant issued against this person.”
Greece is the main entry point for Syrian refugees trying to escape war and enter into Europe. European officials have feared for a long time that ISIS militants could be hiding amongst them. He was also in Croatia in some point; Ahmed, according to the Croatian interior ministry spokesperson, was registered at a refugee camp in Opatovac on October 8, and from there traveled to Hungary and Austria.
Ahmed is the second alleged terrorist to be identified in the Paris attacks. Police have identified two suicide bombers : French native Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, and ISIS fighter Bilal Hadfi. Though Omar has never been linked to terrorism, he has been under watch since 2010 for becoming “radicalized,” according to the French national prosecutor. He was identified by a severed finger found in the rubble at Bataclan; his brother has been arrested, and their homes searched.
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