His name was Charaffe al-Moudan and he was close to Samy Amimour, one of the kamikazes who attacked Bataclan last November 13. The jihadist was killed during the raids in Syria on December 24. The announcement was made by the Pentagon and the French media have expressed their suspicion that al-Mouadan might have been involved in the attacks in France. Last week, Le Parisien revealed that the Paris investigators thought that al-Mouadan was the man nicknamed Suleiman who was mentioned by the bombers in a dialog.
According to a witness of the Bataclan massacre, in fact, one of the killers asked another one if he was going to call Suleiman. The answer to that question was ”no”. Al-Mouadan, born on October 15, 1989 to Moroccan parents. He grew up in Drancy, on the outskirts of Paris. There he met Amimour who influenced his radicalization, according to sources cited by BFM TV. The two of them had been arrested and charged with terrorism in October 2012 for plans to join jihadist groups in Somalia or Yemen. They obtained a suspended sentence and were released, but the year after they managed to go to Syria and join the Islamic State.
According to the Pentagon, al-Mouadan and nine other jihadist group leaders, who were killed these days during the raid of the coalition, were planning new attacks against the West, although we do not know whether they were close in time or not. The US authorities have also reported that the French terrorist had a direct connection with Abdelhamid Abaaoud, considered to be the mastermind behind Paris attacks. The latter died five days later during a police raid in Saint Denis.