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Third bomber at Paris Bataclan music hall identified: Police source

Ninety people were killed when three men attacked concert goers at the Bataclan theatre on 13 November
Singer of the US group Eagles of Death Metal Jesse Hughes pays tribute to the Bataclan victims on Tuesday 8 December (AFP)

A 23-year-old man from the eastern French city of Strasbourg has been identified as the third bomber involved in the attacks at Paris's Bataclan music hall, police sources said on Wednesday.

Foued Mohamed Aggad went to Syria with his brother and a group of friends from Strasbourg at the end of 2013, according to a source close to the investigation.

Ninety people died in the Bataclan attacks on 13 November. The two other bombers have been identified as Omar Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, and 28-year-old Samy Amimour.

Aggad was identified at the end of last week after his DNA was matched with those of his family members, the police source said.

Most of the Strasbourg group who went to Syria with Aggad were arrested on their return in May last year, but Aggad stayed on, the source said.

Investigators believe two brothers, Mourad and Yassine Boudjellal, were killed there fighting with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) before it restyled itself as the Islamic State group.

When questioned on their return, the men, aged between 23 and 26, claimed they had been horrified by what they had witnessed in Syria and started to dribble back to France from February 2014.

Police suspect the men had been recruited by Mourad Fares, who was known to French intelligence for recruiting militant fighters online.

The arrested men claimed they had gone to Syria for humanitarian work but are suspected of joining the Islamic State group.

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