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Paris attack planner ‘spent time in Germany’

Paris attack planner 'spent time in Germany'
An undated photo of Abaaoud with an Isis flag that appeared in Isis magazine Dabiq. Photo: DPA
Abdelhamid Abaaoud, believed to have been the planner behind Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, regularly spent time in or passed through Germany in recent years, Der Spiegel reported on Thursday.

Abaaoud, who Paris prosecutors on Thursday confirmed had been killed in a Wednesday morning gun battle with police, had his identity checked by federal police when he flew to Istanbul from Cologne-Bonn airport in January 2014.

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He said that he was planning to visit friends and relatives there and would return to Cologne by plane.

In fact, he never made that return trip.

Abaaoud was also on record requesting an export license plate for a large vehicle from the city of Cologne in 2007, security sources told Spiegel Online.

“We can't make any sense [of his stay in Germany in 2007] at the moment,” an investigator told Der Spiegel.

Abdeslam Salah, another suspect in the Paris attacks, travelled through Germany to reach Austria in September 2015, just two months before the Paris attacks, it emerged on Tuesday.