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Man 'who supplied guns used in 2015 Paris attack' arrested in Belgium



Terror suspect 'who supplied the machine guns used to slaughter 130 in 2015 ISIS attack in Paris' is arrested in Belgium

  • Man, named only as Mohammed E, was arrested in Belgium before Christmas 
  • He is accused of supplying Kalashnikov rifles to the terrorists who attacked Paris
  • ISIS recruits used the guns to shoot 130 people dead during 2015 night of terror
  • Mohammed E lives in Brussels but is from Verviers, 80 miles to the east 

By Chris Pleasance for MailOnline

Published: 05:31 EST, 9 January 2019 | Updated: 05:59 EST, 9 January 2019

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A Belgian man accused of supplying the guns that ISIS extremists used to murder 130 people during the 2015 Paris terror attack has been arrested in Belgium.

The man, named only as Mohammed E, was arrested shortly before Christmas in Brussels, where he lives.

He is charged with supplying Kalashnikov rifles to the attackers which they later used to massacre innocent people, including 89 shot dead at the Bataclan theatre.

Mohammed E was arrested in Brussels before Christmas and charged with supplying Kalashnikov rifles to the terrorists who killed 130 during the 2015 Paris attacks (file image)
Mohammed E was arrested in Brussels before Christmas and charged with supplying Kalashnikov rifles to the terrorists who killed 130 during the 2015 Paris attacks (file image)

Mohammed E was arrested in Brussels before Christmas and charged with supplying Kalashnikov rifles to the terrorists who killed 130 during the 2015 Paris attacks (file image)

Mohammed E allegedly supplied the rifles to Mohamed Bakkali, who is accused of renting the Paris apartment some of the attackers used to stage their night of terror (file image)
Mohammed E allegedly supplied the rifles to Mohamed Bakkali, who is accused of renting the Paris apartment some of the attackers used to stage their night of terror (file image)

Mohammed E allegedly supplied the rifles to Mohamed Bakkali, who is accused of renting the Paris apartment some of the attackers used to stage their night of terror (file image)

Mohammed E allegedly supplied the weapons via Mohamed Bakkali, who is accused of renting the apartment some of the attackers used to stage their night of terror.

Mohammed E's arrest was first reported by Belgian newspaper La Libre. 

Bakkali was arrested in Belgium shortly after the November 2015 attacks, before being extradited to France to face trial in January last year.

As a condition of his extradition, Belgium insisted that he serve any sentence he is given in his home country.

Salah Abdeslam is the sole surviving perpetrator of the attacks, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Belgium
Salah Abdeslam is the sole surviving perpetrator of the attacks, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Belgium

Salah Abdeslam is the sole surviving perpetrator of the attacks, and has been sentenced to 20 years in jail in Belgium

Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving perpetrator, was jailed for 20 years in Belgium last year for his part in the attacks - which included driving the other gunmen to their target locations.

He has since been extradited to France where he is due to face additional terror charges, but his trial is not expected to begin until 2020 at the earliest.

The Paris attacks were carried out by three separate teams of terrorists, some of whom had fought in Syria and were smuggled back into Europe among refugees.

Among their targets was the Stade de France - where the French national team were playing a friendly match against Germany.

A second team then targeted restaurants and bars along the Canal Saint-Martin, while a third carried out a massacre and hostage-taking at the Bataclan theatre.

The attacks, which were the deadliest in France since the end of the Second World War, prompted a three-month state of emergency to tackle terrorism.

One of the largest manhunts in European history was launched in order to track down Abdeslam, who was eventually tacked to the Molenbeek area of Brussels.

The attacks also prompted France to increase its contributions to the war against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, including several large-scale bombing raids. 

The terror attacks were the deadliest in France since the Second World War and prompted the government to instigate a three-month state of emergency
The terror attacks were the deadliest in France since the Second World War and prompted the government to instigate a three-month state of emergency

The terror attacks were the deadliest in France since the Second World War and prompted the government to instigate a three-month state of emergency

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