Brother of Suspected Paris Mastermind Held in Morocco in October

Brother of suspected Paris attack mastermind, deceased Abdelhamid Abaaoud was arrested in Morocco in October.

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A person being evacuated after the Paris attack on November 13. (Photo: AP)

Moroccan authorities arrested Yassine Abaaoud, a younger brother of the suspected Islamic State mastermind of the Paris attacks in October after he arrived in his father’s hometown of Agadir, a Moroccan security source said on Friday.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Belgian militant of Moroccan origin, 28, is believed to have orchestrated last week’s coordinated bombings and shootings that killed 129 people. He was among those later killed in a police raid in a Paris suburb.

According to a report by the Financial Times, President of France, Francois Hollande will host Morrocan King Mohammed VI on Friday, November 20.

Yassine was arrested last month after his plane landed in Agadir and has been held in custody since, a Moroccan security source, who declined to be named.

“He has been held for about one month now,” the source said.

It was unclear if Abdelhamid’s younger brother has ties with his militant cell in Europe. The source declined to give further details on the arrest.

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