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Paris attacks: Five faces of death

Suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud

Killer: Suspected mastermind of the Paris terror attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud

The man believed to be the mastermind behind the brutal massacre in Paris that saw at least 132 killed and hundreds injured is still on the run.

Abdelhami Abaaoud, 27 is believed to have been behind the deadly suicide bombings and gun attacks at a football stadium, concert hall and several restaurants late on Friday.

The man from Belgium lived in the Molenbeek district in Brussels, which is known as the ‘jihadi’ capital of Europe.

He is now living in Syria, from where he is believed to have masterminded the attack.

London MediaAbdelhamid Abaaoud
Ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, pictured here on the left

“He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe,” the source told Reuters, adding he is the most likely lead for the man behind Friday’s attacks.

His brother Younes was 13 when he followed Abaaoud out to Syria.

Belgian newspapers have reported they are both the sons of a man named Omar, a shopkeeper who moved to the country from Morocco 40 years ago.


 London mediaAbdelhamid Abaaoud, 27, pictured earlier this year
Mastermind: Abaaoud is still at large in relation to the attacks

Abaaoud is also believed to be linked to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train and a church in the Paris area, an official said.

Seven people are in custody in Belgium suspected of links to the attacks.

Salah Abdeslam, 26, who is also from the same district, is still on the run today after police let him go in a string of incredible blunders before and after the terror attack.

He is the subject of a vast international manhunt – but incredibly he was stopped and then released by officers guarding the Belgian border hours after the attacks.

Abdeslam Salah wanted for Paris terror attack

On the run: Abdeslam Salah is wanted for Paris terror attack

One of his brothers, Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31, was one of seven terrorists who died on Friday night after he blew himself up in a solo attack outside cafe Comptoir Voltaire.

He had rented a black Seat found yesterday in Paris packed with AK-47s and ammunition.

The third sibling, Mohammed Abdeslam, was in custody in Belgium last night after being arrested in a Brussels, where the ISIS terror cell may have met before the raid to gather automatic weapons and suicide vests.

Homegrown terrorist Omar Ismaël Mostefaï, 29, from Courcouronnes, Paris, was one the first terrorist to be identified after his severed finger was found at the Bataclan Theatre where 89 died.

The father, who was working as a baker in Chartres, had appeared in rap videos and had been a petty criminal before becoming radicalised in 2010.

Belgian Bilal Hadfi, 20, who had spent time fighting with ISIS in Syria before returning to Europe, detonated his suicide vest at the Stade de France where three died.

Bilal Hadfi

Babyfaced: Bilal Hadfi was killed at the Stade de FranceHe is understood to also have been part of a gang known as the “Belgium Cell”, and managed to sneak back into Europe disguised as a migrant.

The group was made up of a number of Frenchman living in Belgium who are believed to have travelled together from Brussels to Paris in the rental vehicles.

Although not officially identified, a passport bearing the name of Ahmed Almuhamed was found next to the corpse of a terrorist who had blown himself up at the Stade de France.

Enterprise News and PicturesBomber Ahmed Almuhamed
Passport: This passport, which may be fake, was used by one of the terrorists to travel from Syria

He was wrecked off the coast of Greece after the boat he was travelling from Syria sunk and rescued by authorites.

Greek ferry tickets revealed he travelled to Europe with another man named as Mohammed Almuhamed.

before using the passport to buy tickets to travel from the island of Leros to the mainland. He then joined a convoy of refugees and claimed asylum in Serbia before travelling to Paris.

Ahmed Almohamad
Suspect: The passport with the name Ahmed Almohamad was found near one of the bodies


This morning French security sources identified Frenchman Samy Aminour, 28, after a series of raids on addresses on the Parisian suburbs of Seine-Saint-Denis and Bobigny linked to his family overnight.

Aminour was the subject of an international arrest warrant after he broke parole in 2013. He had been arrested in 2012 for associating with known terrorists.

Police believe he was a part of the team of four terrorists who killed 89 at the Bataclan rock gig.