Alleged Coordinator of Paris Attacks Could Join Extremists in Sweden

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Algerian national Mohammed Belkaid, an alleged coordinator of 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, could have joined the extremist groups while living in Sweden, local media reported.

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The leader of Sweden-based extremist network to which Belkaid belonged was Abu Omar, according to the broadcaster.

"He [Abu Omar] has established links and has earned a good reputation among the international terrorist community," an anonymous source close to Sweden intelligence said, as quoted by the broadcaster.

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The source noted that Sweden law enforcement bodies had been unsuccessfully trying to curb Omar's activity over the past 15 years.

According to the broadcaster, Belkaid was familiar with Omar and worked in one of his shops in Stockholm.

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Belkaid had been registered in Sweden since 2010 and was married to a Swedish national.

On March 15, special forces in Brussels killed Belkaid during an anti-terrorist raid, which was linked to the investigation into the deadly November Paris attacks. The suspect was shot as he was trying to fire at police.

On November 13, 2015, terrorists conducted a number of coordinated attacks in the French capital, killing 130 people and injuring over 360. The Daesh terrorist group, outlawed in many countries including Russia, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

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