French Mayor Names One of Paris Attackers, Le Monde Says

  • Mostefai lived in France and probably spent time in Syria
  • Severed finger leads investigators to identify Mostefai

One of the suicide bombers in the attack at the Paris concert hall has been identified as Ismael Omar Mostefai, Le Monde reported, citing Chartres Mayor Jean-Pierre Gorges, who’s also a member of parliament, and another unidentified person.

Investigators found a piece of finger severed by the explosion, which led them to identify Mostefai, who was born in a Paris suburb and probably spent a few months in Syria during 2013 and 2014, Le Monde reported. Mostefai is the only suicide bomber that has been identified so far, according to the newspaper.

Mostefai was born Nov. 21, 1985, and grew up in Courcouronnes, in the southern suburbs of Paris, and was known to police, according to Le Monde. He had lived in Chartres, southwest of Paris, for the last few years, the report said. One of his brothers owns a shisha bar in Chartres, the newspaper reported.

— With assistance by Lisa Pham

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