Ahmed Almuhamed: Suspected Paris Suicide Bomber Reportedly Snuck Into Europe Posing as Refugee
One of the suspected terrorists who attacked Paris has been identified as Ahmed Almuhamed.
A passport belonging to the 25-year-old Syrian native was found near the site of one of the bombings, which left over 100 dead across the French capital.
Blic, a Serbian newspaper which obtained a picture of the passport, says Almohamed crossed into France on October 7, after having arrived four days earlier in Leros, Greece.
Greek newspaper Protothema added that Almohamed was traveling with a second man, Mohammed Almuhamed, who may have been involved in the attacks.
One or both names, though, may be fake, as fake passports are increasingly common, including among purported or real refugees.
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According to the Associated Press, the corridor that the suicide bomber passed through has only one test in place that would prevent people from passing through–if they have an international arrest warrant.
In Serbia, almost 500,000 migrants have passed through this year, and many claim they don’t have documents, making it almost impossible to check for terrorist connections or criminal histories.
“No one can know for certain where they come from, their true identity or if their documents are genuine,” Serbian labor minister Aleksandar Vulin said. “The Paris suspects have not been registered anywhere as terrorists, so Serbia could not have known that they represent a danger.”
After entering Greece and then Serbia, the passport holder entered Croatia, then Hungary, then Austria.
At least 129 people were killed in the attacks across Paris, with hundreds of others left wounded by gunfire and bombings.
Omar Ismail Mostefai is the first terrorist positively identified after officials found his severed finger in the wreckage of Bataclan Theatre, which was blown up after gunmen took down dozens of people at a concert there November 13.
But while no picture has emerged as of yet of Omar, the picture of Ahmad from his passport is the first glimpse of one of the terrorists, if the report proves to be true.
No official updated on Almohamed or Almuhamed have been given.
Meanwhile, AFP reported that there are three brothers who were involved in the attacks, with BFMTV reporting that one of the suspected terrorists arrested in Belgium is actually the brother of the man who rented the black Volkswagen Polo.
That vehicle was used to transport the terrorists to Bataclan.