Passport near Paris attacker came through Serbia - police

2015-11-15 17:36
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Paris - Serbian police say the owner of a passport found near a suicide bomber in Paris entered the country on October 7 from Macedonia - part of a wave of asylum-seekers crossing the Balkans toward Western Europe.

Police said in a statement on Sunday that the man, identified only as AA, formally requested asylum in Serbia. The statement says it's the same passport holder registered as entering Greece on October 3.

The Syrian passport was found next to the body of a man who attacked France's national stadium on Friday night.

Officials in Greece say the passport's owner entered through Leros, one of the eastern Aegean islands that tens of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty have been using as a gateway into the European Union.

Meanwhile, Germany's foreign ministry says one of its citizens was killed in Friday's attacks in Paris.

The ministry's statement on Sunday didn't say how or where the German man was killed, nor did it identify him.

The Paris correspondent for German public broadcaster ARD, Mathias Werth, wrote on Twitter that the man had been sitting on the terrace of a cafe when he was killed.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed 129 people and wounded over 350 across Paris on Friday night.

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