Italian police arrest brother of Marseille attacker

2017-10-09 14:21
A tourist looks at a makeshift memorial outside the train station in Marseille where two cousins were killed by an Islamist knifeman. (Boris Horvat, AFP)

A tourist looks at a makeshift memorial outside the train station in Marseille where two cousins were killed by an Islamist knifeman. (Boris Horvat, AFP)

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Milan - Police in Italy have arrested the brother of a Tunisian man who stabbed to death two women in the French city of Marseille earlier this month.

Police in the northern city of Ferrara said on Monday that the suspect, Anis Hanachi, was arrested over the weekend on an international warrant issued by French authorities accusing him of involvement in the attack and of international terrorism.

The Italian news agency ANSA say the brother is suspected of having radicalised the attacker, and may have had a role in organising the attack.

The attacker, 29-year-old Ahmed Hanachi, who was shot dead after the attack, had lived in Aprilia, south of Rome, from about 2006 to 2014, reports said.

It was not immediately clear how long the brother had been in Italy.

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