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Brother of Marseille attacker arrested in Italy, police say

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 October, 2017, 1:39pm
UPDATED : Monday, 09 October, 2017, 1:39pm

Italian police said on Sunday they had arrested the brother of Anis Hannachi, the Tunisian man who killed two young women with a knife outside the Marseille train station a week ago in a suspected terrorist act.

An Italian antiterrorism squad arrested 25-year-old Ahmed Hannachi in Ferrara, Italy, on Sunday evening on an international warrant issued by France, a police statement said.

On October 1, Anis Hannachi shouted “Allahu akbar” (God is greatest) as he killed the women, French police sources said.

Islamic State claims responsibility after two women killed in Marseille

Anis Hannachi was shot dead by a French soldier. The militant Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack, but did not name the assailant.

After what Italian police described as a “very complex” investigation, Ahmed Hannachi was tracked down in Italy, the statement said, and is being held on suspicion of complicity in his brother’s attack and membership in a terrorist group.

No other information was provided about the operation, which was coordinated with French judicial and antiterrorism authorities, the statement said.