France confirmed on Wednesday the death of DAESH terrorist leader, Charaffe el Mouadan, who had close links to at least one of the Paris attackers as it emerged the gunmen coordinated the Nov.13 attacks in real time.
French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed Mouadan’s death, but could not give further details.
The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that Mouadan had been killed in an air strike by the US-led coalition on Dec. 24.
French sources reported that there was no concrete evidence showing Mouadan’s direct links to the Paris attacks, but he was close to Samy Amimour, also known as the “mastermind” behind the attacks and was one of the suicide bombers who attacked the Bataclan Concert Hall in the French capital.
US military spokesman, Colonel Steve Warren, said on Tuesday that Mouadan also had a “direct link” to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, Belgian-born ringleader of the Paris attacks.
Warren added that 10 senior DAESH terrorist leaders operating in both Iraq and Syria, "including several external attack planners," with designs on attacking western targets, had been killed in air strikes.
Tenth arrest in Belgium over Paris attacks
The tenth suspect in the Paris attacks investigation was arrested during a house raid in Brussels on Wednesday, federal prosecutors announced on Thursday.
Ayoub B., 22, was charged with terrorist murder and participation in a terrorist organisation, according to prosecutors.
Belgium is one of the focal points in the investigation into the attacks, as two of the suicide bombers, Brahim Abdeslam and Bilal Hadfi, were living in Belgium.
The attackers allegedly coordinated the assault between one another through mobile phones and also communicated with one or more unidentified accomplices in Belgium.
One of the attackers at the Bataclan sent a text message at 2042 GMT to a mobile phone in Belgium writing “We’re off. We’re starting.” Later, the phone that the text message was sent from was found in a trash bin near the concert hall, where one of the attacks took place
The attacks that took place at the French national stadium, Paris bars and cafes and the Bataclan venue on Nov. 13 left 130 people dead and hundreds injured. DAESH terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The assault increased terror alert in Brussels, as well as across Europe ahead of traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The mayor of Brussels announced on late Wednesday that New Year’s festivities and fireworks were cancelled in case of any terror threats.
In Paris, firework display has also been abandoned, but the traditional gathering at the Champs Elysees will take place under very tight security measures.