Initial probe identifies man in Paris shooting

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PARIS (AP) - A French security official has identified the man who was killed after he showed up at a police station wearing fake explosives as a 20-year-old Moroccan involved in a minor robbery in 2013 in the southern Var region.

The official said police are "working on the hypothesis" that the man is Ali Sallah, of Casablanca, saying the fingerprints of the dead attacker match those taken in 1995 of the man caught for robbery.

The official said doubts persist because the body of the attacker appeared older than 20. He said Sallah described himself to police in 2013 as homeless and in France illegally. Investigators are trying to determine when the attacker arrived in the Paris region and whether someone provided a place to stay.

The official asked not to be publicly identified because he was not authorized to discuss the case.


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