The Dutch police arrested Sunday a French 32, suspected of involvement in the preparation of an attack in France with Reda Kriket. Custody of the latter has been extended.
The cracks are tightening on individuals who fomented a new attack in France. Dutch police arrested on Sunday in Rotterdam, a French 32 years, as part of the investigation related to Reda Kriket. The latter was arrested last Thursday in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine), as he was about to commit an attack on French soil. His custody was in fact extended Monday, probably until Wednesday. This extension, decided by a specialized judge, may intervene in case of imminent risk of a terrorist action or for international cooperation needs.
The French arrested Sunday is called Anis and B. made a trip to Syria accompanied by Reda Kriket. He was then appointed by the Islamic state to help his partner to prepare an attack in France. He was born in Montreuil and domiciled in the Val-de-Marne (Paris suburb). The man will be delivered to the French authorities “shortly”, said the spokesman of the Dutch parquet. The extradition process began.
The arrest of the French took place in Rotterdam West district. “During the searches, telephones, SIM cards, hard drives, money, ammunition and drugs were seized,” said AFP spokesman parquet, Wim de Bruin. “No explosives were found,” he added, declining to detail the type of munitions found in homes where searches were conducted himself in two separate streets of Rotterdam-West district. The police of the Kingdom led the entire operation at the request of Paris.
The Dutch police has also arrested three other suspects, in the context of a specific investigation in the Netherlands.
In a broadcast Sunday night statement, the Minister of inside, Bernard Cazeneuve, welcomed this “arrest the Netherlands” made possible by the “intelligence work and investigation” and “cooperation with our European partners.”
Two suspects arrested in Belgium
Meanwhile, the Belgian federal prosecutor Frédéric Van Leeuw confirmed on Sunday, the charge of “participation in a terrorist group” of Abderamane A., arrested Friday in the Brussels district of Schaerbeek, in the context of the investigation of this planned attack in France. Saturday, another man, Rabah N., was also arrested for the same case.
Abderamane A. was wounded in the leg by a shot Belgian police during his arrest near a stop tram. According to the Belgian RTBF, he held a backpack filled with explosives. According to the weekly L’Observateur , A. Abderamane was linked to al-Qaeda, and already condemned in 2005 by the French courts for helping two Tunisians to assassinate the commander Ahmad Shah Massoud, figure of the anti-Taliban fight in Afghanistan. Perpetrated September 9, 2001, the murder would have been led by the deputy of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Tunisian terrorists while residing in the district of Molenbeek, Brussels.
Project “at an advanced stage”
France claims to have foiled a planned attack “an advanced stage”, stopping Thursday Kriket Reda, 34 former robber years, suspected of having joined the Islamic State. Weapons and explosives were found in an apartment in the Paris suburbs after his arrest.
Kriket was sentenced in absentia last year in Belgium, in the trial of a Jihadist thread to Syria which one of the main defendants was none other than the Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud, alleged organizer of the Paris attacks of November 13.