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Swede charged with complicity in 2015 Paris attacks

AFP  |  Paris 

French anti-terror judges charged a Swedish man today with complicity in the 2015 attacks that left 130 people dead, over allegations he played a key role in the jihadist cell behind the

Osama Krayem, a 25-year-old of Syrian origin, has been in custody in since his arrest in in April 2016 and was charged after being transferred to for the day. He was also charged with attempted murder and sequestration.

Investigators also accuse Krayem of being part of the cell that carried out the 2016 bombings which left 32 people dead and like the attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group.

Krayem is suspected of buying the bags used for the attacks and was caught on CCTV minutes before one of the blasts with suicide bomber Khalid El Bakraoui, both carrying huge backpacks.

Krayem failed to go through with his suicide attack.

Like other members of the cell, Krayem travelled to after 2014 before apparently hiding himself among migrants in order to return to from in 2015.

Two years after his arrest, questions remain over Krayem's true role in the attacks. Questioned repeatedly in Belgium, he has denied any role in the attacks and in making bombs.

Traces of Krayem's DNA were found in several hideouts in used by the Paris attackers, in particular the place used to make the explosive belts used in the Paris attacks.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 23:05 IST