Paris Jihadis used conventional loans to finance weapons purchases in Belgium
The Jihadists who killed 17 people in three days last week in Paris purchased their Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in Brussels for less than 5,000 euros.
They got their weapons from an arms dealer in Brussels, a known figure in Brussels’ underworld who turned himself in to police on Tuesday.
According to the local press, the man sold Coulibaly the Skorpion submachine guns he used in the attack, as well as the rocket propelled grenade launcher and the Kalashnikov automatic assault rifles that Said and Cherif Kouachi used to perpetrate the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. The weapons were purchased near the Midi railway station in downtown Brussels for less than 5,000 euros, according to the reports.
French media reports Wednesday morning said that the funding for the arms purchase was simply a standard loan of 6,000 euros ($7,050) that Coulibaly took out on December 4 from the French financial-services firm Cofidis. He used his real name but falsely stated his monthly income on the loan declaration, a statement the company didn’t bother to check, the reports say.