PARIS: Names of three of the Paris at¬tackers figure in massive documents leak from the Islamic State militant group, media reports said on Saturday.
Samy Amimour, Foued Mohamed- Aggad and Omar Ismail Mostefai – be¬lieved to have carried out the worst attack in Paris at the Bataclan theatre during a concert by a rock band in No¬vember – are among 22,000 ISIS recruits worldwide whose identities have been revealed in the recent leak.
As many as 90 people were killed us¬ing guns and suicide vests in the Bata¬clan attack during a concert by Eagles of Death Metal, whose singer and gui¬tarist Jesse Hughes yesterday apolo¬gised for alleging that the club’s secu¬rity guards were involved, saying he was struggling with trauma. He said in a statement that “my suggestions that anyone affiliated with the Bataclan played a role in the events of November 13 are unfounded and baseless — and I take full responsibility for them”.
The ISIS files, obtained by German, UK and Syrian opposition media, are said to identify thousands of recruits from at least 40 countries, and German officials have said the files can be as¬sumed to be genuine. The files indicate that the three men who attacked the Bata¬clan entered ISIS territory in 2013 and 2014, German public broadcaster WDR, that has obtained the documents, was cited in a report by the BBC. The identity of 29-year-old French national Mostefai from a poor Paris suburb, was confirmed using a severed fingertip found at the Bataclan. Amimour, a 28-year-old former bus driver from the Paris suburb of Dran¬cy, and 23-year-old Mohamed-Aggad from Strasbourg were the other two.
Files were first published online, with documents in Arabic, by Zaman Al-Wasl – a Qatari-based Syrian news website. The documents include questionnaires a would-be jihadist must answer giving de¬tails like nationality, blood type and “pre¬vious jihad experience”. Sixteen Britons reportedly appear in the files, including Junaid Hussain and Reyaad Khan, who were killed in September in Syria by a drone strike, the report said. Copies of the documents were broadcast by ‘Sky News’, reportedly obtained from a man who uses the name Abu Hamed, a former Free Syr¬ian Army member who joined ISIS. He stole the memory stick of documents and handed them over in Turkey to a journal¬ist, explaining that he left because Islamic rules had collapsed inside the group.