Monday, February 6, 2017

Attack of the Louvre : the profile disturbing of the assailant – The Obs

Armed with machetes, a man is attacked in the military operation Sentinel, Friday, 3 February, in the Carrousel du Louvre, in the heart of Paris, shouting “Allah Akbar”. Wounded, overpowered, he was taken to the hospital Georges-Pompidou, where he was placed in police custody. The investigators attempted to interrogate him but he refuses for the moment to speak. In the minutes that followed the facts, the First minister Bernard Cazeneuve spoke of an attack that “obviously” the “terrorist nature”. But what is known about this assailant and, above all, of his motives ?

Who is he ?

the author of The attack were not wearing any paper on him, but police have recovered his mobile phone. Phone, which helped establish a name : Abdallah El-Hamahmy, an Egyptian 29-year-old, installed in the united arab Emirates. The suspect would be cadre shopping in Dubai. His identity must now be confirmed by DNA testing.

Photos of Abdallah El-Hamahmy the home of his parents in Egypt (MAHMOOD SHAHIIN-AFP

On his profile Facebook, it has shown to be commercial in a business development environment. He presents himself as married and a fan of Bayern Munich and the film “Mama I missed the plane”.

How is it done in France ?

Abdallah El-Hamahmy has made a request for a tourist visa at the consulate of France in Dubai on the 30th of October last, and the recorded image at this time corresponds to that of the assailant of the Louvre.

screen Capture of a tweet by Abdallah El-Hamahmy (DR)

He arrived in France on the 26th January at the airport of Roissy and was returning on the 5th of February. Once in Paris, he moved into a weekly rental on rue de Ponthieu in the 8th arrondissement. The booking had been made as early as the month of June, for an apartment billed 1.700 euros per week.

That have returned to the investigators in his room ?

there were quite a few personal effects in his room in the rue de Ponthieu – about 1,000 euros in cash – but no sign of allegiance to a terrorist organization. There is nothing to indicate contacts with associates.

where are his weapons ?

Abdallah El-Hamahmy has bought the two machetes used in the attack in an armory of the 11th arrondissement, in the district of la Bastille.

What did he do before the attack ?

police managed to establish that he has rented a car – a Renault Mégane in an agency in the 8th district. Investigators are now counting on the GPS to find his / her journeys in Paris.

What were his motives ?

a Few hours before the attack, the Egyptian has sent messages in Arabic on Twitter. According to investigators, it is texts revolving around the religion.

screen Capture of a tweet by Abdallah El-Hamahmy (DR)

Its latest tweet seems to confirm its intentions to pass the act : “No negotiation, no compromise, no ointment to pass, and certainly no way back. There is no peace in war.” A source close to the investigation told the “Sunday Newspaper” that it is an extract of a speech of Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani, a former spokesperson of Daech, who died last summer.

How to reacts to his surroundings ?

Abdallah El-Hamahmy comes from a wealthy family. A retired general of the egyptian police, his father shows himself incredulous. In front of the camera to an egyptian television, he says that his son had never shown the slightest sign of radicalization. According to him, his son had come “business trip”. His pregnant wife and their son of seven months would be currently in saudi Arabia.

A profile intriguing

apart from the tweets released before attack of the Carrousel du Louvre – investigators are looking into whether he was the one who used the account, nothing in the path or the profile of Abdallah El-Hamahmy left to think of the radicalization of an unknown man in police services. No will, no oath of allegiance to a terrorist group and, for the time being, no claim of the attack by the organization islamic State.

L. M.


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