French Suicide Bomber Posed as Refugee

This was not only predictable but predicted.

At least one of the perpetrators of the Paris terrorist attacks came from Syria posing as a refugee from its civil war.

CNN:

Europe’s worst security nightmare appears to be coming true: At least one of the terrorists who attacked civilians in Paris on Friday entered the European Union hidden among the wave of refugees arriving on European shores.

One of three bombers who detonated himself at the Stade de France late Friday arrived on the Greek island of Leros on October 3 among numerous Syrian refugees, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour reported, citing an unnamed French senator who was briefed by the Ministry of the Interior.

The man declared himself to be Syrian, said his name was Ahmad al Mohammad and was, under new procedures set up to help refugees, issued a new emergency passport.

From Leros, he traveled to Macedonia, Serbia and then Croatia, Amanpour reported.

The fingerprints from the bomber at the Stade de France match those taken when the man was issued his emergency passport on Leros.

The two others who detonated themselves at the stadium carried false Turkish passports, Amanpour reported.

It appears that the Islamic extremist group ISIS is making good on its pledge to hide operatives among the tide of legitimate refugees now entering Europe.

 

This was not only predictable but predicted.

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Comments

  1. Jenos Idanian says:

    “The guerrilla must move amongst the people as a fish swims in the sea.”

    I’m sure you’re familiar with that quotation, Dr. Joyner…