Dead Brussels gunman wanted ISIS suicide mission

2016-03-19 20:00
A mourner outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. (Christoph Ena, AP)

A mourner outside the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. (Christoph Ena, AP)

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Paris - The Algerian gunman newly-linked to the November 13 attacks in Paris after being killed by police in Belgium joined the Islamic State group in 2014 and said he wanted to die as a suicide bomber, bypassing the choice to be a fighter.

Previously unknown to authorities, Mohamed Belkaid was shot to death on Tuesday in a raid that led to fugitive Salah Abdeslam.

In exclusive documents given to The Associated Press by the Syrian opposition news site Zaman al-Wsl, Belkaid said he had travelled throughout Europe and had no experience as a jihadi as he crossed into Syria on April 19 2014.

On Friday, officials said Balkaid was "most probably" an Abdeslam accomplice whose fake Belgian ID was used to pay for the hideout of the Paris attack ringleader.

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