Attack’s mastermind has been named

The suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks has been named as Belgian Abdelhamid Abaaoud by French officials.

It has been reported that Abaaoud had links to thwarted attacks on a Paris-bound high-speed train when two US soldiers overpowered a heavily-armed gunman and a separate attack on a church.

He also had links to two suspects killed in a counter-terrorism raid in Verviers, Belgium, in January.

Abaaoud, who also uses the name Abu Omar al Baljiki, is of Moroccan origin and is believed to be in Syria currently.