Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the 27-year-old Belgian national who engineered the brutal terrorist attacks in Paris over the weekend, detailed his evasion of police capture in a February interview with “Dabiq,” a magazine used for ISIS propaganda.
Abaaoud identifies himself as Abu Umar al-Baljiki and outlines his escape in the magazine, which is translated to English in a PDF featuring graphic images, according to The Daily Beast.
Following the raid of an ISIS safe-house in Belgium earlier this year, Abaaoud claimed to have stopped by police while on the run:
“I was even stopped by an officer who contemplated me so as to compare me to the picture, but he let me go, as he did not see the resemblance! This was nothing but a gift from Allah.”
Insisting that there is a “bloated image” of western intelligence practices, the terrorist added:
“After the raid on the safe house, they figured out that I had been with the brothers and that we had been planning operations together. So they gathered intelligence agents from all over the world — from Europe and America — in order to detain me. They arrested Muslims in Greece, Spain, France, and Belgium in order to apprehend me. Subhanallah [by glory be to God], all those arrested were not even connected to our plans! May Allah release all Muslims from the prisons of these crusaders.”
Also a recruiter for the terrorist organization otherwise known as Daesh, Abaaoud is rumored to have been involved in the attempted French train attack that was foiled by American service members on vacation.
Abaaoud remains at large and highly sought after following the terrorist attacks in Paris which claimed more than 100 lives.