Romania: man suspected of links to Paris attackers

AP News
Posted: Jun 29, 2017 6:59 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Prosecutors have detained a Romanian man on suspicion he was linked to a group involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks.

Organized crime prosecutors questioned the man, identified only as "Ibrahim," Thursday in the central city of Pitesti. According to a statement, the suspect used to live in an unidentified European Union state where he adopted a radical form of Islam.

It said he was connected to people who claimed responsibility for the attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris.

The statement said the 39-year-old visited a Romanian military base in 2015, sending information to a jihadi group in an EU country. He said he wanted to take part in an attack on the base.

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Chief organized crime prosecutor Daniel Horodniceanu said authorities had not acted earlier "for tactical reasons." The man risks up to 20 years in prison.