Another cog in the terror cell purportedly responsible for the recent Brussels and Paris attacks has been brought to justice. Reda Kriket, a 34-year-old French national, was apprehended Thursday by authorities in a Parisian suburb.
In November, Kriket was convicted in absentia by a Belgian court in 2015 alongside Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the recognized ringleader of the Paris terror attacks. Kriket’s supposed links to Abaaoud comprised in part of assisting a network that recruited jihadis to travel to Syria, according to Belgian officials.
Kriket’s arrest coincided with the capture of six suspects during anti-terror operations in the Brussels suburb of Schaerbeek. An undetonated explosive device and ISIS flag were also recovered in that same area just after the Brussels massacre.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve hailed Kriket’s arrest as a “major milestone” in the country’s war on terror. The Frenchman was suspected of “being involved in the Paris plan at a high level.”
Kriket’s apprehension, along with compatible DNA recovery of suicide bombers Najim Laachraoui and Khalid El-Bakraoui, have provided Belgian officials with critical components to link certain players in the deadly Paris attacks with the recent bombing in Brussels.
Both Laachraoui and El-Bakraoui are said to have played major roles in both the November 13 Paris strike, as well as the recent Brussels attacks.
The relation between the same group of men having committed the harrowing bombings in Belgium and France is becoming obvious now that officials have connected two of the suspected Brussels offenders with the Parisian operation.
As evidence continues to form, showing that a prolific, well-structured Islamic State network on the border of France and Belgium was to blame for both acts of terror, authorities in France said they had thwarted another militant plot that was “at an advanced stage,” according to the Guardian.
The Guardian also stated Kriket, who has a criminal history of armed robbery, and Abaaoud were high-ranking members of the so-called Zerkani network, a jihadi cell responsible for deploying 30 Belgian jihadists to battle in Syria.
After losing two Americans during the Brussels strike, Secretary of State John Kerry showed worldwide solidarity in Brussels Thursday by meeting with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. Kerry stated that he and the United States is “praying and grieving with you (Brussels) for the loved ones of those cruelly taken from us”.
Kerry then claimed compassionately and resolutely.
“America stands firmly with Belgium and with the nations of Europe in the face of this tragedy”, adding that the world would not relent in its fight against ISIS. “We, all of us representing countless nationalities, have a message: we will not be intimidated.”
Each of the Brussels attackers identified thus far by authorities and prosecutors have links to the recently captured Salah Abdeslam. This is a major finding in the hunt for justice by the Parisian and worldwide authorities.
ISIS has recently released a video in which the terror organization is reveling in the recent Brussels destruction.
Excerpts from the chilling propaganda state, “The crusade jets including the Belgian [sic] are still bombing the Muslims in Iraq and Levant in the day and the night, killing children, women, old, and destroying mosques and schools.” A voiceover in Arabic further claims, “Every Muslim who is well aware of the history of Islam, knows that the holy war against infidels is an integral part of Islam, and those who read history would know.”
Now that the cryptic puzzle is beginning to undoubtedly show that one terror cell was likely responsible for both bloody strikes, the world now comes together to bring to justice those responsible for the brutal Brussels and Paris attacks.
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