Thursday, February 9, 2017

Attack of the Louvre: the singular route of the assailant – The Express

at the age of 29, the young Egyptian had everything to succeed a great career for sales executive in this rich country, where it was installed. Arrived on the 26th of January in France with a tourist visa from Dubai, the young man will remain as the assailant of the museum the most visited in the world, a measure described as “terrorist” by the authorities.

Shortly before 09: 00 GMT on that day, at the entrance to the shopping gallery at the museum, he throws himself on soldiers on patrol, dressed in a black T-shirt with death’s head, holding a blade of 40 cm in each hand, with cries of “Allah Akbar” (God is greatest in Arabic).

He manages to injure a person’s first soldier to the scalp before being pushed away by a second, which shoot him, wounding him severely in the abdomen.

A scenario unthinkable for his father, a senior police officer in retirement. Reda El-Hamahmy described in the AFP “a simple boy” of 1.65 m that he did not imagine tackling “the four guards” armed and showed no signs of radicalization.

During the hearing, El-Hamahmy, whose state of health is deteriorating, explained that they “acted of his own free will“, “without having been sponsored by the group islamic State,” according to a source close to the investigation.

He claimed not to have wanted to take it out on the military but have had the intention to carry out an action strongly symbolic against France, in the degrading works of the museum.

A version of the facts totally inconsistent with its arrival on the scene, leaving the investigators doubts. For them, man, “assumes a certain adhesion to the theses of the AR“.

For the father to be the opposite, his son was “business trip” to Paris, where he would finish his stay with a visit to the Louvre.

His young wife, pregnant with their second child, is currently in saudi Arabia. A marriage arranged by the family, as it is still commonly said of the father.

The former police officer did not explain the tweets of a certain Abdallah El-Hamahmy quoting a verse of the Qur’an that promises paradise to those who are killed fighting for God.

- “A different person” –

A friend of the suspect does not recognize it: “It was as if it was a different person. As if (the account) was hacked“.

a Native of Mansoura, in the Nile delta, Abdallah El-Hamahmy grew up in a family rather easily, which practices a moderate islam, according to the father.

One of his brothers is a police officer, following in the footsteps of the father, Abdullah, will study law. He graduated around the year 2010, before winning the united arab Emirates.

After the arab spring of 2011, hunt Ben Ali in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt, his tweets suggest that the young lawyer has seen a good eye the arrival of the islamists to power.

The date of its installation in the Emirates is uncertain, but it is far from the consulate of Egypt in Dubai that he would vote in the 2012 presidential election, won by the islamist Mohamed Morsi.

photos posted on social networks show a young, brown, smiling, short hair, sports clothing or in front of his computer. His father’s house, a few shots of the exhibit in young man serious in his suit and tie, look sweet behind thin glasses.

His tweets draw the portrait of a young man who had supported Morsi after his election, who has assisted in 2014 in Dubai to a conference of a controversial preacher of india, Zakir Naik. But these messages do not have the tone furious one of the last posts before the attack on the Louvre.

His stay in Paris has been thoroughly prepared: visa applied in October, received in November for one month from the date of 20 January 2017. Arrived in Paris on the 26th of January, he moves into an apartment to 1700 euros per week, to two steps from the Champs-Élysées. Two days later, he bought two machetes in an armory.


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