ISIL releases video featuring Paris attackers
Jan 25, Paris: A newly released video by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group showed the gunmen behind the Paris terror attacks which killed 130 people.
The footage was shot before the attacks took place in November 13, 2015 but was published on Sunday evening in the group’s media centre. However, it is unclear when exactly the footage was filmed.
Among those who carry out the beheadings in the video is Bilal Hadfi, who was killed during the Paris attacks.
Laith Alkhouri of Flashpoint Global Partners, which monitors the group's social media, said the "video meets all the right criteria of an authentic and official [ISIL] release".
The video was uploaded to ISIL's official Telegram channel and showed some of the attackers wearing camouflage fatigues in a desert location, before the time of the Paris attacks, media reports said..
Several of them were shown beheading hostages of the ultra-hardline group, a tactic it has frequently used.
The attackers are identified in the video by noms de guerre referring to their nationalities - three French, four Belgian and two Iraqis, referred to as Ali al-Iraqi and Ukashah al-Iraqi.
The two could be the suicide bombers who tried to attack the Stade de France stadium. They carried Syrian passports assumed to be forged and could not be formally identified. Seven other dead attackers have already been identified.
The French foreign ministry declined a request from Reuters news agency to comment on the video. A spokeswoman for the National Security Council at the White House also had no comment.
The Oslo Times