NEW Image of Paris Attacks Mastermind Poses with Machine Gun in Raqqa

NEW Image of Paris Attacks Mastermind Poses with Machine Gun in Raqqa
Tue Feb 9, 2016 18:17:13

A NEW image of the man who organised the Paris attacks has been released by ISIS in its French propaganda magazine.

Posing next to a machine gun in combat clothes, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, named in the magazine as Abu Umar al-Baljiki, looks insolently into the camera in the latest edition of French-language Dar Al-Islam.

The picture is accompanied by a supposed message from Abbaoud, who praises other ISIS fighters in Libya and Iraq.

The photograph is understood to have been taken in the central square in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

The spot is also popular with brutal ISIS henchmen who exact brutal punishments on residents including beheadings, stonings and death by firing squad.

Abaaoud, a Belgian national, is widely believed to have plotted the Paris massacre on November 13 which left 130 people dead and more than 300 injured.

The image will be a further embarrassment for French officials and raise questions as to how Abaaoud and his henchmen were able to commit atrocities in Syria before making their way freely into France.

The magazine article, which also features calls by the Paris attackers for others to take up arms, comes just two weeks after ISIS released a video showing the group beheading people and threatening that the UK is next in the terror group’s sights.

Footage of London and the House of Commons debate on bombing ISIS targets in Syria is featured in the disturbing the video.

The shocking video comes also followed a movie-style poster of the Paris attackers featuring the words: “Kill them wherever you find them” in French and Arabic, as well as the words “coming soon” - suggesting future attacks or footage from the Paris attacks.

Stills of the video show eight of the terrorists - four Belgian, three French and two Iraqis - who waged terror in Paris on November 13.

Europe’s most wanted man, Salah Abdeslam, who remains on the run, does not appear in a montage of the attackers shown at the start of the video.

The slickly produced video is interspersed with a range of media footage from the harrowing attacks in Paris.

Abaaoud, who is the first fighter to give a speech, declares ISIS are “masters not slaves” before vowing to carry out terror attacks.

He says: “We will make you taste terror and you will taste it in your very stronghold, Express reported.

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