Belgium names new Paris attacks accomplice: prosecutors

Belgian prosecutors identify accomplice in last year's deadly Paris attacks as 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui

Brussels: Belgian prosecutors said Monday they had established the real identity of an accomplice in last year's Paris attacks as 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui, until now known by the false name of Soufiane Kayal.

"The investigation showed that Soufiane Kayal can be identified as Najim Laachraoui, born on May 18, 1991, and who travelled to Syria in February 2013," prosecutors said in a statement in Brussels.

Laachraoui as Soufiane Kayal rented an appartment in Auvelais, near the central Belgian city of Namur, from where the attacks were planned.

He used the same false name at the border between Austria and Hungary on September 9 when he was travelling with Salah Abdeslam and Mohammad Belkaid.

Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national of Moroccan origin, is believed to be the last surviving member of the jihadist team that carried out the attacks. He was captured in Brussels last Friday. Belkaid, a 35-year-old Algerian, was shot dead two days earlier in a police raid in the Forest district of Brussels. Read more...

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