Algeria jails suspect over links to Paris attacks

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, French gendarmes officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. In the aftermath of the horrifying attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015.

In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 file photo, French gendarmes officers patrol near the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. In the aftermath of the horrifying attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015.


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.

Islamist militants killed 130 people at a sports stadium, a string of cafes and a concert hall in and near Paris on Nov. 13.

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.


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