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Sweden resident had "commander" role in Paris, Brussels attacks: CNN

Published torsdag 24 mars 2016 kl 19.49
Man believed to be cell commander.
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The blown out facade of the terminal is seen as an ambulance leaves Zaventem airport, one of the sites of two deadly attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Photo: Peter Dejong / AP.
Zaventem Airport, following Tuesday's attacks. Photo: Peter Dejong / AP.

The 35-year-old Algerian national, shot dead by Belgian police last week, and who lived in Sweden for several years, is believed to have played a key role in the terror attacks in Paris and Brussels, according to US news channel CNN.

The man, who lived in the Märsta area, north of Stockholm, is described by Belgian investigators as being a "cell commander" for the attacks in Paris last November, and this week in Brussels, according to CNN, Swedish news agency TT reports.

The alleged extent of the man's involvement had not previously been reported.

Swedish security service, Säpo, refused to comment on the reports.

"We do not go into details about specific individuals, especially not if they are the subject of criminal investigations in other countries," Säpo spokesman Fredrik Milder told TT.

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