Paris Suspect Was Previously Investigated Over 'Terrorist' Offense - Report

One of the suspected bombers involved in the Paris attacks was previously investigated over a "terrorist" offense, the AFP news agency reports, citing Paris prosecutors.

Authorities in France Monday morning identified two more of the suspected suicide bombers as Ahmad al Mohammad and Samy Amimour. Mohammad detonated his explosives at France's national stadium, the Stade de France, and Amimour was one of the attackers at the Bataclan theater.

On Saturday, authorities identified Frenchman Ismaël Omar Mostefaï as another attacker involved in the assault on the Bataclan. Two brothers, Salah and Brahim Abdeslam, were officially named by authorities on Sunday. Salah remains at large after a Belgian counter-terror operation in the Brussels suburb of Molenbeek ended on Monday without any arrests being made. Authorities identified Brahim as one of the suspects in Friday's shooting and suicide bomb attack on the Bataclan concert venue that left at least 89 people dead.

The AFP report says that Amimour was known to French intelligence services and he was the subject of a formal investigation in October 2012 for terrorist conspiracy after he planned to travel to Yemen, his family said.

He was put under judicial supervision and he broke the conditions of his bail in late 2013, causing an international arrest warrant to be issued against him. French authorities detained three of Amimour's relatives on Monday.

Amimour was born in October 1987 in Paris and livedin the northeastern Parisian suburb of Drancy. A Syrian passport found near Mohammad's body stated that he was born in September 1990 in the Syrian city of Idlib. It is unclear whether the passport is authentic or fake.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders called for quicker information sharing between European countries on Monday, saying that "we need to exchange more and more intelligence."

He added that Belgian authorities must "organize more and more actions" in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek, where a number of arrests in connection with the suspects have been made. At least one of the men suspected of involvement in the attacks lived in the suburb, AP reported.

Belgian police have made at least seven arrests of people with suspected links to the attackers in Paris. At least two of the cars used by the attackers were hired in Belgium, a Belgian prosecutor told AFP news agency on Sunday.

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