Algeria jails man suspected of links to Paris attacker

Algerian authorities jail man with dual Algerian, Belgian citizenship for having ties with Paris terror attacks ringleader Abdelhamid Abaaoud

Photo by: AFP (Archive)
Photo by: AFP (Archive)

A woman looks at paintings and placards opposite the Restaurant Le Carillon in Paris, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, after Paris terror attacks.

Updated Feb 28, 2016

Algerian authorities have jailed a man with dual Algerian and Belgian citizenship for links with the ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a court statement said on Saturday.

The court in the Algerian city of Bejaia said 29-year-old Zahir Mehdaoui, a resident of Brussels, had been charged with belonging to a terrorist group active overseas.

The court provided no further details and it was not clear when Mehdaoui was arrested.

Terrorists killed 130 people at a sports stadium, a string of cafes and a concert hall in and near Paris in November last year.

Abaaoud, a 28-year-old Belgian citizen, died when police laid siege to his hideout flat in Saint Denis, north of Paris, five days later.

TRTWorld, Reuters