#ParisAttacks Suspected terror mastermind named as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud

He has been linked to a failed attack on a train in August, when a suspected Islamist terrorist opened fire on a high-speed train, travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, only to be subdued by passengers.

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A French official has identified the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud.

Abaaoud, 27, is a Belgian of Moroccan descent.

He has been linked to a failed attack on a train in August, when a suspected Islamist terrorist opened fire on a high-speed train, travelling from Amsterdam to Paris, only to be subdued by passengers.

Earlier, The Guardian reported he had been named in French police files alongside Ibrahim Abdeslam, who was behind a suicide attack on the Comptoir Voltaire cafe.

The attack was part of the co-ordinated shootings and bombings in Paris on Friday that killed 132 people, the worst violence in the city since the Second World War.

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