A 23-year-old man from the eastern French city of Strasbourg has been identified as the third armed man involved in the attack on Paris’ Bataclan music hall, police sources say. Foued Mohamed Aggad had travelled to Syria with his brother and a group of friends at the end of 2013, a source close to the investigation said on Wednesday.
In an interview with BFM TV in Paris on Wednesday, Manuel Valls, France’s prime minister, confirmed the report, as he pledged that France would carry out more arrests. “What is important is that the investigation is progressing, that the accomplices are found out, that arrests happen,” he said.
Aggad was reportedly identified using DNA samples provided by his mother. The two other attackers involved in the massacre of 90 concert-goers at the Bataclan – Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, and 28-year-old former Paris bus driver Samy Amimour – had also been in Syria.
According to French news reports, Aggad was one of the two attackers, who blew themselves up with suicide belts packed with explosives after the killing spree, the worst of the November 13 Paris attacks.