Austria extradites Paris terror attack suspects to France

Two men thought to be connected to the militants who carried out the Paris attacks in November have been extradited to France from Austria.

The two men, an Algerian thought to be aged 29 and a Pakistani believed to be 35, were arrested at a shelter for refugees last year on suspicion of being linked to the attacks in which 130 people were killed.

“The two accused have left federal territory,” the Salzburg prosecutors’ office said in a statement.

French newspaper Le Monde reported that the two men travelled together from Syria to the Greek island of Leros with two Iraqi brothers who blew themselves up near the Stade de France stadium outside Paris on November 13.

The two men were first arrested on Leros during a passport check on October 3, because one of them spoke Arabic poorly and the other could not describe Aleppo, which was cited as his birthplace on his passport, newspaper Le Parisien said.

Both were released three weeks later and went to Austria, where they were again arrested.

The transfer to France was carried out under a European arrest warrant issued by France, the prosecutors’ office said.

“Considering the investigations being carried out by the French authorities the Salzburg prosecutors’ office cannot provide further information on the content [of the investigation],” it added.


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