To the question "would you be ready to shoot in the crowd?", He replied yes, and ISIS had sent him to France to carry out attacks. A 34-year-old jihadist, trained in Syria by the brain of the November 13 attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is on trial from today before the special assize court in Paris. At the time of his arrest, he had warned the anti-terrorist services that France was going to be affected by a campaign of attacks, targeting in particular concert halls. It was three months before the Bataclan.
An attack strategy in preparation in Syria
A meeting that judge Trévidic is not going to forget, in August 2015 - his last indictment of an anti-terrorist magistrate. In front of him, Reda Hame, a Parisian in his thirties who left to do jihad in Syria. He only stayed there for ten days, just long enough to be trained in Kalashnikov shooting and grenade throwing. In the office of the judge as in police custody at the DGSI, the man is inexhaustible and his statements suggest the worst. Worse than the attacks at the start of the year against Charlie Hebdo and the Hypercacher.
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"Reda Hame is a young computer scientist from the 17th arrondissement of Paris, who in June 2015 went to Syria, joined the Islamic State (IS), and who was missioned on the spot a few days after his arrival by Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the coordinator the November 13 attacks in Paris ", presents Jean-Charles Brisard, president of the Center for Terrorism Analysis. "It is Reda Hame who describes Syria as a terrorist factory, which indicates to investigators that a certain number of individuals are trained specifically in this perspective to strike European countries and particularly France, so it reinforces the conviction of investigators and French justice at that time of a real strategy of the attacks which is at work and in preparation in Syria ".
A "procedure similar to that used at Bataclan"
"He is someone who is clearly part of the wave of terrorist projects sponsored from Syria by IS, with the particularity, for Reda Hame, of an operating mode which is similar to that which will be used at Bataclan, since Abaaoud recommends that it target an easily accessible place, a concert hall, which brings together a large audience. He even specified that it was necessary to wait for the intervention forces on the spot, and to die fighting with hostages, exactly the operating mode of the Bataclan suicide bombers ".
Reda Hame was only a scout, he did not know which room or which concert would be targeted. Judge Trévidic had thought at the time of the Rock en Seine festival, at the end of August, in the park of St Cloud. It will finally be the Bataclan, three months later.