‘He is a barbaric man’ — the Belgian who may be behind the Paris attacks

November 16, 2015 11:04 PM

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‘He is a barbaric man’ — the Belgian who may be behind the Paris attacks

PARIS — On the night of Jan. 2, Belgian authorities closing in on a terror cell in the town of Verviers intercepted a telling piece of intelligence. Homegrown terrorists were plotting to gun down police officers, and they discussed their plans by phone with a superior in Athens — a Belgian man whom authorities believed to be a puppet master in the Islamic State’s effort to terrorize Europe.

Acting on a request from Belgian intelligence, Greek officials raided an apartment in the middle-class Pangrati district of Athens, hauling in suspects and bagging the cellular phone used in that Jan. 2 call. But fingerprinting soon revealed that the Greeks had the wrong men. Once again, Abdelhamid ...

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