Manhunt for suspect tied to Paris mass murders expands
Fearing that terrorists could be plotting fresh assaults, French and Belgian police have intensified their manhunt for a newly identified suspect linked to November's Paris attacks.I suspect the suspect list will continue to grow. When millions of refugees are flooding into Europe it makes it easier for ISIL got get its killers in. The authorities are at least closing in on those they are aware of.
Najim Laachraoui, 24, is the latest suspect authorities have pinpointed in a web they say they're still trying to unravel.
Laachraoui's DNA was found in houses in southern Belgium and Brussels that the terrorists behind the attacks used, the Belgian prosecutor's office said Monday. Laachraoui traveled to Syria in February 2013, the office's statement said.
He also allegedly traveled to Budapest, Hungary, in September with Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested in a gunbattle Friday in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek.
Since Abdeslam's capture, officials have said he was ready to carry out future attacks and supported by a wide network of associates, warning of the possibility of a new wave of ISIS terrorists preparing to carry out further strikes.
Laachraoui, who also has used the alias Soufiane Kayal, is considered dangerous and should not be approached, authorities said.