Egyptian passport found at Paris stadium belongs to critically injured victim, not suspect: Ambassador

Marina Barsoum , Sunday 15 Nov 2015

Egyptian national Waleed Abdel-Razzak was found severely injured following bombings outside Stade De France

Waleed Abd El Razzak
A photo of Waleed Abd El Razzak that widely circulated on social media after his passport was found by French authorities

Ambassador to France Ihab Badawi said that the Egyptian passport recovered following the Paris attacks belongs to Egyptian national Waleed Abdel-Razzak, who was found after two suicide attacks and one bombing struck near Stade de France.

Abdel-Razzak reportedly sustained severe injuries in the bombing.

The Egyptian Ambassador also said that the media incorrectly portrayed Abdel-Razzak as a suspect in the bombings that struck Paris.

"No charges have been directed at Abdel-Razzak at all," Badawi said in a phone call with Hona Al-Asema daily show on privately owned CBC channel.

Confirming the Egyptian ambassador’s statements, Head of the Egyptian community in France, Salah Farhoud, announced in another television interview that the Egyptian passport found by the French police belongs to "the football fan named Walid Abdel-Razzak".

Abdel-Razzak, 27, arrived in Paris two weeks ago along with his mother and cancer-stricken brother in search of medical treatment, his other brother Wael said in comments to Aswat Masriya.

The attack occurred while Abdel-Razzak was queuing to buy a ticket for a soccer match at the Stade de France, one of the six sites targeted by the coordinated attacks Friday night.

"We haven't seen him until now because of his critical condition," Wael said. "He is still in the operating room."

Wael said his brother, who is being treated at a hospital in the northwestern suburb of Clichy, suffered from massive bleeding, a ruptured leg vein, and a broken shoulder and arm as a result of the suicide bombing.

Badawi also said that Abdel-Razzak's medical condition was critical and that he has undergone several surgeries.

Late Friday, seven attackers launched gun attacks at Paris cafes, detonated suicide bombs near France's national stadium and killed hostages inside the concert venue during a show by an American rock band — an attack in the heart of the City of Light.

The series of attacks left at least 129 people dead and 352 injured with 80 in critical condition.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility in an online statement in Arabic and French circulated by supporters.

The attack brought an immediate tightening of borders as French President Francois Hollande declared a state of emergency and announced renewed border checks. Germany also stepped up border checks.

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