The individual who authorities suspect could be the infamous “man in the hat” seen walking alongside the Brussels Airport suicide bombers is a Syrian “refugee” who arrived in Greece last September.
According to a report in France’s Le Monde newspaper, the “man in the hat” could be Naim al-Hamed, who was born in Syria in 1988 and arrived in Europe amongst the wave of refugees who entered via Greece last year.
Al-Hamed arrived with Sofiane Ayari, another suspected Brussels terror plotter, who was captured in a police raid along with Paris massacre suspect Salah Abdeslam.
Both Ayari and al-Hamed are thought to have been visited by Abdeslam in Germany just one month before the Paris attacks.
Hamed’s DNA was also found at the Rue Max Roos apartment from where the Brussels attackers left at dawn to carry out the airport attack.
If al-Hamed is not the “man in the hat,” he is still suspected to be an accomplice of Khalid El-Bakraoui, the suicide bomber who blew himself up on the train at Maelbeek metro station.
The possibility that yet another jihadist exploited the migrant crisis to enter Europe is certain to heap more pressure on governments who are now attempting to scale back open border policies that have left the continent vulnerable to terrorists.
Back in December, ISIS bragged in its own manifesto of how it planned to exploit the refugee wave in order to infiltrate jihadists and create Muslim no-go ghettos from where future attacks could be planned.
At least three individuals who posed as “refugees” were connected to the Paris attacks, including the mastermind behind the plot, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who brazenly revealed how he exploited the migrant red carpet to plot bloodshed.
“My name and picture were all over the news yet I was able to stay in their homeland, plan operations against them and leave safely when doing so became necessary,” Abaaoud told Dabiq magazine.
The first Stade de France suicide bomber, Ahmad Almohammad, also used a fake Syrian passport to enter Europe as an asylum seeker via Greece.
“No doubt, some of these refugees were undercover fighters of Al Qa’idah and the Islamic State,” the ISIS manifesto states. “They were quick to take the opportunity of entering into the different countries of Europe (most probably as early as 2012). All this was happening under the nose of the European intelligence services whose job during this time (2012) was only to prevent European Muslims from entering Syria.”
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