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Austria hands over Paris attacks ‘accomplices’ to France


Vienna : Austria has handed over to France two suspected members of the same Islamic State cell that massacred 130 people in Paris last November, prosecutors said today.

The Algerian and Pakistani men, now aged 29 and 35 and who have not been named, were arrested in Austria in December.

Austrian and French authorities believe they travelled to Greece along with two men involved in the November 13 atrocities, posing as refugees.

While the eventual assailants continued on to France, the two were detained by Greek authorities for 25 days because they had falsified Syrian passports.

Once let go, they made it to Salzburg at the end of November — after the Paris atrocities — and Austrian police arrested them at a migrant centre on December 10.

Following a French request, a court in Salzburg in western Austria approved at the beginning of July their transfer to France.

“Both suspects have now left the country,” prosecutors said in a statement today.

They had said in April that they were looking into “leads” suggesting that the Pakistani may have been involved in attacks in 2008 in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people.

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