PARIS – The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another attack days later in the French capital’s business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.
Abdelhamid Abaaoud and an accomplice are believed to have been planning to attack La Defense on Nov. 18 or 19, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. Abaaoud was among three people killed during a police raid in a northern Paris suburb in the early hours of Nov. 18. His female cousin, Hasna Ait Boulahcen, also died in the operation, while the third person is believed to have detonated a suicide vest.
Molins said it was the unidentified third person who is believed to have been the accomplice with whom Abaaoud could have carried out an attack on La Defense. The prosecutor said he “can’t be, and doesn’t want to be more precise” on the details. Information obtained on Nov. 19 suggested “that the two attackers — Abaaoud and the man we found by his side in the apartment — were planning an attack consisting of blowing themselves up on Wednesday the 18th or Thursday the 19th,” Molins said.