FABIEN & JEAN-MICHEL CLAIN
*Fabien Clain (pic-L), also known as Abu Sulayman al-Faransi. was born in 1977/8 in the French territory of Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean. He lived, in Toulouse or the surrounding area .
Fabien Clain converted to Islam in the 1990s. He appears to have been radicalized in the first half of the 2000s, with his younger brother Jean-Michel Clain. Imam Mamadou Daffé, who knew Fabien Clain before he was radicalized, recalled Clain as someone who was “nice, affable, smiling” (see – Western-Jihadists ).
Clain and friends found themselves in a village to the south of Toulouse, Artigat, around a “guru”, Olivier Corel . the “White Emir” of Syrian origin. Olivier Corel served as a “scholar in religion” for the group who met at his home.
Fabien Clain (Abu Sulayman al-Faransi) reportedly had influence on the group that included brothers, Abdelkader and Mohammed Merah, and Sabri Essid. He created a prayer room in his home and preached hatred against Jews and Americans and urged jihad. On 12/12/2006, two of his followers, Essid and Bala, were intercepted by the Syrian Army on the way to fight American troops in Iraq. After a few months of detention in Syria, they are handed over to the French.
Fabien Clain was sentenced to five years in prison in 2009 for having led a recruitment network to send jihadis to Iraq and left France after his release in late 2012.
In 04/2015, Fabien Clain’s name came up in the investigation of a planned attack on a church in Villejuif outside Paris. headed by Sid Ahmed Ghlam .The attack failed when the terrorist shot himself in the leg. At some point before 11/2015 Fabien Clain uttered threats against Bataclan due to the alleged Zionism of its [former] owners.
Fabien Clain released an audio recording on the day before the November 2015 Paris Carnage in which he personally claimed responsibility for the attacks. This “is only the beginning of the storm and a warning for those who want to meditate and remove their lessons” (translation of the recording). The voice recording intonation is reported to be not aggressive but soft, rejoicing in the deaths at the ‘idolatrous’ at the concert hall and other locations. However the recording mentions the 18th arrondissement district of Paris where no attack took place but a car linked to the attacks was found abandoned.
Fabien Clain, authorities in France believe, fled Syria back to Europe at some point in early 2015 and is wanted by all security services in Europe .
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