Bataclan Paris attack terrorist identified after ISIS send ‘martyr text’ to his mother

The mother of a terrorist involved in the devastating Paris attacks discovered her son’s role in the horror when Islamic State leaders sent her a text saying: “He died with his brothers”.

Foued Mohamed-Aggad was one of three jihadis who stormed the Bataclan concert hall on Friday November 13 before opening fire on the crowd and slaughtering 90 people.

Anti-terror police raided the family home today near Strasbourg, north east France after the mother, named only as Mrs Aggad, rang investigators to report the contact.

She provided a DNA sample which enabled detectives who have been combing the Bataclan scene for clues to identify Aggad as the third attacker.

The family lawyer, Francoise Cotta, said: “The SMS (text) message told her that her son had died, saying ‘He died on November 13 with his brothers’.

“She was instantly struck by the horrific thought that he might have been one of the Bataclan suicide attackers.”

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Tonight Aggad’s devastated father said he would have killed his son first had he known he was going to get involved in the attacks.


Saïd Mohamed-Abbag told Le Parisien newspaper in France how he thought his son would have died in Syria or Iraq after fleeing the family home to join IS .


GettyMembers of Eagles of Death Metal visit a memorial that pays homage to the victims of the terrorist attacks at Le Bataclan on December 8, 2015

Tributes: Scene outside Bataclan theatre


He said: “What human being can do what he has done.

”If I had known that he would commit a thing like that one day I would have killed him first.”

The distraught dad told how his last communication with his son was via Skype four or five months ago.


Members of the US band The Eagles Death of Metal pay tribute in front of Bataclan in Paris, France on December 8th, 2015


He said he no longer recognised his son as his own flesh and blood, adding, “It had become pointless to communicate with him.

“He lied to us, making us believe that he had gone on holiday, when in fact he had gone to Syria. Since 2013 I have not been able to sleep properly.

“He was a clam child, born, brought up and educated in France.”


He was first identified by French authorities through a fingerprint lifted off the shooter’s finger, which was severed in the Bataclan blast.

One other Paris attacker still remains to be identified.


REUTERS/Philippe WojazerA French policeman assists a blood-covered victim

Massacre: A French policeman assists a blood-covered victim in concert attack aftermath


Foued was living with his mother after his parents separated and began showing signs of converting to radical Islam only a short time before he went to join IS.

The 23-year-old Frenchman had been missing since 2013 after telling his family he was going on holiday with pals.

But instead the brainwashed extremist travelled with his brother and a dozen other young men to join IS in war-torn Syria.

His family begged him to return but conceded it was “pointless to communicate with him” after he pledged allegiance to the bloodthirsty gang.



Warped: Islamic State fighters


They feared he had died in Syria or Iraq until 10 days ago, when his mum received a text message in English proclaiming her son “as a martyr” for his role in the Paris atrocities that claimed the lives of 130 people.

Security services are now under pressure to determine when and how Aggad was able to avoid coming onto the radar of the security services and return to France from the Middle East and carry out the slaughter.

Sources said French authorities were examining the possibility that Aggad travelled through Europe by posing as a refugee just like other members of the Paris attacks gang.

The Bataclan shootings were part of a co-ordinated attack in which assailants killed 130 people at a string of cafes, the music hall and near the Stade de France national stadium.


Getty ImagesA victim's body lies covered on Boulevard des Filles du Calvaire, close to the Bataclan theater, early on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France.

Horror: A victim's body lies covered close to the Bataclan theatre following attack


The other two attackers at the concert hall have been named as Samy Amimour, 28, from Drancy, north east of Paris , and Ismail Omar Mostefai, 29, a Frenchman of Algerian descent who lived for a time in Chartres, south west of Paris.

Amimour also spent time in Syria, as did the presumed ringleader of the November 13 attackers, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, 28, a Belgian of Moroccan origin who died in a police raid the following week.

Another suspected terrorist suspected of being involved before going on the run has been named as Salah Abdeslam , 26.


Sami Amimour
Terrorist: Amimour was Bataclan attacker



GettyOmar Ismail Mostefai, one the suicide bombers of Paris' Bataclan attack

Terrorist: Mostefai was another who opened fire on crowd



Salah Abdeslam
On run: Abdeslam


Like others involved in the worst terrorist attack in French history, Aggad was known to the police, but was apparently given the freedom to travel where he liked.

He went to Syria in December 2013 with a gang of others from his neighbourhood in an area outside the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

Two members of the group died not long after arriving, while seven others returned to France in early 2014 and were imprisoned.

They included Aggad’s brother, Karim, who is currently in a prison near Paris. is the online edition of Scotland's favourite newspapers, that brings you your Daily news. Every day we bring you the best in Scottish news, sport, entertainment and opinion, including breaking news, picture galleries, videos and live blogs.

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