On Monday, Belgian prosecutors said DNA had identified a suspected accomplice in last year’s Paris attacks as 24-year-old Najim Laachraoui, according to Agence France-Presse.
Until now he was only known by the alias, Soufiane Kayal.
#BREAKING Belgium names new Paris attacks accomplice: prosecutors
— AFP news agency (@AFP) March 21, 2016
Belgian prosecutor issues public appeal for Najim Laachraoui, an accomplice of Salah Abdeslam. pic.twitter.com/utroJ1XEZ6
— Piers Scholfield (@inglesi) March 21, 2016
Soufiane Kayal has been identified as Najim Laachraoui, born on May 18, 1991 and who travelled to Syria in February 2013, prosecutors said in a statement.
Laachraoui was one of two men using fake Belgian identity cards who were with Salah Abdeslam in a Mercedes on Sept. 9 as they passed through a checkpoint between Hungary and Austria.
On Monday French digital news channel iTELE released a new video of the intervention by special forces in Brussels Molenbeek on friday and the subsequent arrest of Salah Abdeslam.