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.
Islamic State is reported to have used car bombs to injure at least 50 people, with some killed, near the mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s Houthi Group in Sanaa on Wednesday.
Four blasts were heard in the capital. Saudi forces conducted air strikes against the Houthi military bases in Yemen.
According to peace talk delegates in Switzerland, there was no progress on the second day of a UN-sponsored push to create a truce.
Witnesses said that the explosions sounded like air strikes. Some found cars and people screaming after the explosions.
The Islamic State used its social media accounts to state that they were responsible for the attacks. It was one of the most serious Yemen has faced throughout the years.
Suicide bombers from the IS had also killed at least 137 worshippers and wounded during Friday prayers on March 20 this year.
The IS had increased its Yemen presence as the al-Qaeda and other militant groups were overshadowed by it.
AQAP, a Sunni militant group, faces dissolution as a US strike drone had killed their leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi.
Meanwhile, Houthi fighters have destroyed the home of a Senior Politician Abdel-Aziz Jubai as he attended the Geneva talks as part of the exiled Yemen government.
According to Kenya’s Interior Ministry, one of the four gunmen who had murdered 148 people in a college in Kenya the last week was the son of a Kenyan government official.
The officials said on Sunday that the gunman was killed by Kenyan security forces during the attack at the university campus as Abdirahim Abdullahi. His father was an official in Kenya’s Mandera district.
The Official reported his son had been missing last year, only to resurface as an attacker in the incident.
He was reported to have studied law at Kenya’s Nairobi University. He was a top student according to the Interior Ministry Spokesperson Mwenda Njoka. The man then disappeared without a trace from his friends and family.
“The family told us that he became withdrawn and very critical of everything and everyone,” Mr. Njoka said. “The family is Muslim, but Abdirahim criticized them about how they behaved and worshipped. At first, the parents thought he was just being a typical teenager, until he disappeared.”
Kenyan Islamic Radicalism is on the rise and were drawn into training camps in Somalia. They are given promises of a meaningful life in Kenya’s notorious Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab, which had previously pledged to al-Qaeda its loyalty.
Kenyan authorities supect that militants from Somalia who infiltrated the Somali communities were largely responsible for the massacre.
The Roman Catholic Church worldwide is observing the Holy Week as part of a religious tradition. In Rome, the new Pope led the Good Friday Services when he showed adoration for the St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis I have also observed a re-enactment of Christ Final journey with the cross inside a Colosseum. The Easter services were also ready for Sunday. The Easter Mass on Sunday would conclude the observance of the Holy Week. This will mark the celebration of Christ’s resurrection.
During the observance of the ceremonies in the Basilica, there were a lot of tourists and pilgrims who took part of the activity in time for the Easter Ceremonies. The liturgy held last Friday was delivered by a papal preacher. The message has highlighted how to get the important message of Jesus to the world. As scheduled on a Saturday, the Pope will be celebrating an Easter Vigil Mass at the St. Peter’s Basilica.
The Easter ceremonies included the Washing of the feet held last Thursday. A lot of the prisoner’s feet were washed by the Pope. These prisoners came from the Youth Detention Center in Rome. The activity was part of the observance of Maundy Thursday. This service is part of the commemoration of the Last Supper of Christ. It was reported that during the service, the Pope kissed and washed the feet of twelve young prisoners. This was a replication of humility as the gesture that Christ has shown towards his twelve disciples. According to a BBC reporter, the Pope has brought simplicity to the Vatican Church.