The operation began at 6 am on Tuesday, June 8, on Rue Neuve, a side street specifically in downtown Wissembourg: Raiders blew up the front door of the house where the mother of one of the Bataclan suicide bombers, Foued Mohamed-Aggad, lived. . They entered the house accompanied by the police from the operational support group of the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI).
The police were in the house a little less than two hours. They left the scene at 7.45 am in several unmarked vans, taking at least one person with them. The mother of the 54-year-old Bataclan suicide bomber was arrested, a forensic source confirmed to us. There were other people in the house when the security forces intervened. A second arrest was made in Wissembourg.
Arrest in Keffenach, 198 inhabitants
At the same time, two people were arrested in Strasbourg and one in Keffenach, a small village of 198 inhabitants in northern Alsace, about fifteen kilometers from Wissembourg. The 51-year-old aunt of Foued Mohamed-Aggad. The sixth arrest was made in the Gironde.
1000 euros sent to Syria
These six arrests are part of the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s (Pnat) preliminary investigation into terrorist financing. The suspects are said to have provided financial support to Foued Mohamed-Aggad and his Strasbourg wife Hadjira in 2014-2015 while the couple was in Syria. They were going to send them several thousand euros.
According to our information, the two people arrested in Strasbourg are the parents of the young woman Hadjira, who joined Foued Mohamed-Aggad in Syria in March 2014 to get married religiously. In August 2015, the young French-Algerian gave birth to a daughter in Iraq. He would die along with his child during a bombing in early 2018.
A previous operation in the same home in January 2019
The men of the DGSI operational support group carried out a similar operation at the house on Neuve Street in Wissembourg on January 22, 2019. At that time, three members of Foued Mohamed-Aggad’s family were arrested and detained by the police on charges of aiding in the financing of terrorism. A few days later they were released without charge.
Trial of the 13 November attacks at the beginning of the academic year
The trial of the November 13 attacks, postponed due to the health crisis, will begin on September 8, 2021 and will run until the end of March 2022.
Twenty people will show up, but all eyes will be on Salah Abdeslam, the only attacker still alive. The hearing will take place in the “old” courthouse on the Ile de la Cité in Paris, where work is being done so that the building can accommodate the 1,750 civic parties, lawyers and journalists required to attend the hearing.
Salah Abdeslam has been awaiting this trial for four years in his ultra-secure cell in Fleury-Mérogis prison (Essonne), where he was placed in solitary confinement. Until then, there is no parole in sight for him: he was sentenced by Belgian justice to twenty years in prison for shooting at police on 15 March 2016, three days before his 2018 arrest in Brussels.