Here’s the good news. Belgian authorities arrested another five men on Friday linked to the ISIS terror cell which carried out the attacks in Brussels and Paris. That brings the total to six people.But what is disturbing – and proves what we’ve been saying here for quite – some time – is that the cancer has metastasized across Europe.
AP reports, one of the men arrested, named only as Osama K. by authorities was identified by Swedish media as Osama Krayem, who is known to have left the Swedish city of Malmo to fight in Syria.Belgian authorities will be investigating Krayem’s role in the attack: he was filmed by security cameras at a shopping mall where the bags used by the airport bombers were bought. French authorities also suspect Krayem of having links to the Paris attacks.
The arrests may also help investigators unravel the links between the attacks and IS, the radical Muslim group which straddles Iraq and Syria.
Krayem had earlier been identified posting photos from Syria on social media, according to Magnus Ranstorp, a counterterrorism expert at the Swedish National Defense College.“He also tried to recruit people in Malmo,” Ranstorp told The Associated Press.
Also arrested was Mohamed Abrini, the last identified suspect at large from the Paris attacks.
Abrini and Krayem are suspected of participating in the two biggest attacks carried out by the Islamic State group in Europe over the past year, killing 130 people in Paris on Nov. 13 last year and 32 people in Brussels on March 22.
Investigators are trying to determine whether Abrini is the “man in the hat” who escaped the Brussels attacks while three suicide bombers blew themselves up at the airport and in the city’s subway and whose likeness has been broadcast across the media for weeks.
So now the dragnet expands to Sweden, a country whose very demographic fabric is changing through Muslim
And now it shares a surely unwanted role in the horrific terror attacks in Brussels and Paris.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]