Movements of Isis extremist prior to Paris attack raise EU security questions

The Syria-based Belgian jihadi suspected of planning the bloody attacks that killed 129 people in Paris died a day ago in a hail of police bullets, French officials confirmed on Thursday, raising serious questions about how one of Europe’s most wanted men could travel freely around the continent.

The Paris prosecutor’s office said Abdelhamid Abaaoud, an Islamic State extremist believed by French intelligence services to have been in Syria, was killed on Wednesday in the ferocious firefight at a crumbling terrorist hideout north of Paris.