Paris ‘ringleader’ evaded Athens police

Media captionChris Morris has been inside a unit retard where a ringleader of a Paris attacks was roughly held by police.

Greek military attempted to constraint a suspected ringleader of a Paris apprehension attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, in Jan though a operation failed.

A Belgian anti-terrorism source told a BBC a Athens operation designed to aim Abaaoud before anti-terror raids in Belgium, though that did not happen.

Abaaoud had been directing a Belgian dungeon by phone from Athens.

Abaaoud died in a conflict with French military 5 days after a 13 Nov Paris attacks that killed 130 people.

The Greek operation was ostensible to have taken place before a one carried out by confidence army in Verviers, eastern Belgium, on 15 January. That raid saw an sell of glow that left dual suspected jihadists dead.

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Greek authorities were on Abaaoud’s trail, desiring him to be using a Belgian dungeon by mobile phone from Athens.

Anti-terror sources told a BBC that a comparison Belgian military officer was in Athens co-ordinating a hunt for Abaaoud with his Greek counterparts before a raid on a Verviers cell.

It stays misleading because or how Abaaoud slipped by a Greek net. There competence have been an try to lane him down to a city centre block by tracing a vigilance of his mobile phone. But that did not work.

The Greek authorities are not confirming any sum – all that is famous is that he got away.

Greek military usually carried out raids in Athens dual days after Verviers, on 17 January.

Earlier that day Belgian media had reported that authorities there were seeking Abaaoud, a Brussels proprietor of Moroccan origin, who was believed to be in stealing in Greece.

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The Verviers raid left dual suspected jihadists dead

Greek military raided dual flats in Athens.

One Algerian male was eventually extradited to Belgium though Abaaoud was not to be found.

It is now famous that traces of DNA recovered in both flats compare samples recovered from Abaaoud’s physique in Paris.

A neighbour during one of a flats, Vasilis Katsanos, pronounced he had seen Abdelhamid Abaaoud in a travel outward on during slightest dual occasions.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud had been concerned in 4 out of 6 foiled attacks given this open in France and condemned to 20 years in jail in absentia, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said.

Abaaoud is not a usually couple between Greece and a Paris attacks.

Salah Abdeslam – who is still on a run – trafficked to Greece by packet from Italy on 1 August, withdrawal 3 days later.

And dual of a self-murder bombers who pounded a Stade de France crossed by vessel from Turkey to a island of Leros in October, posing as refugees.

Much of a fact that has emerged in Athens raises questions about how to emanate a improved sell of information and closer team-work between anti-terrorism authorities in opposite European countries.

But a couple with Abaaoud is also a what-might-have-been.

If he had been prisoner in Athens in January, a attacks in Paris competence never have taken place.