Belgian intelligence services said Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s plan to assault Paris last Friday they planned for almost a year before the terror leader revealed himself and killed 129 people in separate waves of attacks in the capital.
Abaaoud was killed by a police raid in their hideout in a Saint-Denis apartment where he and other jihadist members planned another wave of attacks, ending their mission for the Islamic State militants.
After the shootout, authorities arrested eight perpetrators and found the body of a female suicide bomber and another mutilated body detonated after the explosion.
French intelligence confirms that Abaaoud was involved in four other terrorist plots in France since spring. According to French Interior Minister Bernard Cazenueve, Europe needs more intelligence sharing.
Gaping Holes In Europe’s Borders
Some members of the party that attacked Paris last Friday were originally from France. One of the militants travelled to Syria from his hometown in France and returned despite his passport having been confiscated and he is under surveillance.
Abaaoud had travelled across Islamic State to Europe at different times, including an attack plot in Belgium last January.
The incident had brought to light the immense inability of security services to simultaneously monitor large groups of European Muslims who had fought once for the Islamic State or even spot possible terrorist attacks at present.