Ever since the news began reporting about the tragedy happening in Paris, the world came together in support. According to The Hollywood Reporter, authorities believe that they have identified the man who is the mastermind behind the attacks that killed 129 people, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.
Abaaoud was once lived a seemingly normal life as a student at a prestigious high school in Belgium. Born to Moroccan immigrants in Belgium’s Molenbeek-Saint-Jean neighborhood, Abaaoud became a devout believer in the war he believed he was fighting, he was able to recruit his 13 year old brother to join him in Syria.
Abaaoud, now in his late 20’s, is the presumed mastermind behind the attacks in Paris on Friday. According to The Associated Press, authorities believe he has done this before. He is believed to be linked to an attack against a Paris bound train that was stopped by 3 Americans and another one against a church. Belgian authorities also suspect him of helping to organize and finance a terror attack in Verviers that was broken up in a police raid on Jan 15.
In a public video made in 2014, Abaaoud was quoted saying, ” All my life, I have seen the blood of Muslims flow. I pray that Allah will break the backs of those who oppose him, his soldiers and his admirers, and that he will exterminate them.”
There has been no official comment from the Belgium federal prosecutor’s office about Abaaoud’s role in the Paris aTtacks but three suspects were arrested over the weekend.