French Intelligence Knew About Paris Attacks, Failed to React
French Intelligence Knew About Paris Attacks, Failed to React © AP Photo/ Jacques Brinon
20:33 10.04.2016(updated 02:05 11.04.2016) Get short URL
The plot of the last November Paris terrorist attacks gets another twist, as it turned out that French intelligence services knew beforehand about the preparation of the upcoming terrorist acts in France, Le Journal du Dimanche reported.
According to the French newspaper, in the summer of 2015, French intelligence services received information about a series of terrorist attacks in Paris.
“Exactly 141 days before the November 13 attacks, a [French] citizen named Nicolas told intelligence services that [Daesh] terrorists were working to set up attacks in France,” Le Journal du Dimanche reported.
According to the French weekly, 31-year-old Nicolas spent over a year in Al-Raqqah and Fallujah before traveling to Turkey and surrendering himself to local authorities, which then handed him to their French counterparts.
During an interrogation, Nicolas told French intelligence services that he fled the ranks of Daesh, as he became “disappointed” by what he saw in Syria and Iraq.
Nicolas also revealed that terrorists were preparing a series of attacks in France and Belgium. Although he didn’t know the exact time and date of the upcoming attacks, Nicolas told the French intelligence agency that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was the main mastermind of the upcoming attacks.
It remains unknown why French authorities didn’t do enough to prevent the Paris attacks, especially if they knew the name of the man who was behind the organization of the large-scale terrorist attacks.
On November 13, a series of terrorist attacks were staged across the French capital and one of its suburbs, killing 130 people and injuring over 350.
The Daesh jihadist group claimed responsibility for the attacks. The organization is banned in many countries, including Russia.