An Algerian man who was part of a counterfeiting ring that provided forged documents used in both the Paris and Brussels terrorist attacks has been arrested in Italy, the Italian authorities announced Sunday.
The Belgian government issued a European arrest warrant for the man — whom the ANSA news agency identified as Djamal Eddine Ouali, 40 — on Jan. 6, the Italian State Police said. Mr. Ouali’s name emerged during searches carried out in October in the Saint-Gilles borough of Brussels, which yielded around 1,000 digital images used to make false identity documents.
ANSA reported that the forgery ring produced false documents used by three men: Mohamed Belkaid, who was killed in a police raid on March 15 in Brussels; Salah Abdeslam, the last surviving participant in the Paris attacks, who was captured in Brussels on March 18; and Najim Laachraoui, one of two suicide attackers who struck Brussels Airport on Tuesday.
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