All the Paris attackers identified so far were EU nationals, according to a report by the International Business Times.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, admitted earlier this week that the EU was dealing with an “internal threat” in regards to the brutal Paris attacks.
“Let me underline—the profile of the terrorists so far identified tells us this is an internal threat. It is all EU citizens so far. This can change with the hours, but so far it is quite clear it is an issue of internal domestic security,” Mogherini admitted.
Despite the fact that the Paris attacks, indicate that terrorist threat in the EU can also be reduced with better social cohesion policies, EU policy makers focus entirely on the security issue, and how to improve border controls. For instance, New Europe, reported that the EU Interior Ministers will agree to tighten checks at the external borders of the passport-free Schengen area.
However, stricter refugee policies maybe exactly what Daesh wants, to persuade the refugees coming in the EU, to join them in their terrorist campaign. British daily, the Independent cited French officials who said that the may fake Syrian passport which was found near the body of one of the suicide bombers in Paris, may have been “planted” by the Daesh members, to take advantage of the refugee crisis.
On Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gave an interview to Sky TG24 in which he acknowledged that in regard with the Paris attacks, most of the attackers were French nationals who lived in impoverished neighbourhoods. Renzi admitted the need for the EU and Member State governments to promote policies to end urban inequality. “The terrorists were born in the midst of our cities’ decay,” Renzi said and added that investments are needed in impoverished areas to prevent “them from becoming no man’s lands.”
The Independent published Wednesday a list of the attackers with their nationalities. Bilal Hadfi, 20 – French (living in Belgium); Ismaël Omar Mostefaï, 29 – French; Samy Amimour, 28 – French; Ibrahim Abdeslam, 31 – French (living in Belgium); Salah Abdeslam, 26 – French (living in Belgium); Hamza Attou, 21 – Belgian; Mohamed Amri, 27 – Belgian (born in Morocco).
According to International Business Times, the eighth suspect (unidentified) was carrying a stolen or fake passport in name of ‘Ahmad al-Mohammad’, 25 – from Idlib, Syria