The ex-wife of Paris bomber Ibrahim Abdeslam has told how he spent his days smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol, as reports suggest the terror gang behind Friday's murder spree may have been high on a cocktail of drugs.
Naima said her former husband smoked "an alarming amount of joints, at least three or four a day", never went to a mosque, and served two prison sentences for theft.
The mastermind of the attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was thought to be the target of raids across Paris on Wednesday, also did not attend a mosque, according to his sister Yasmina.
Abaaoud, a Belgian national, was said to have briefly studied at an exclusive Catholic school, before either dropping out or getting expelled and drifting into a life of thievery and drugs, The Independent reported.
Naima, who did not give her surname, spoke out amid fears that Abdeslam's brother Salah Abdeslam, who is on the run, was plotting another terrorist act.
Abdeslam, 31, blew himself up outside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe in the French capital, but no one else died in the blast.
Needles, syringes and plastic tubes were found in the suburban hotel rooms the Islamic State fanatics stayed in before carrying out the bombing and shooting spree which left at least 129 dead and hundreds injured. Some reports suggest the needles could have been used to take heroin and liquid cocaine. It has also been said that the equipment could have been used to load suicide belts with explosives.
The Daily Mail reported that increasing numbers of Islamic State killers are taking drugs before carrying out attacks and that eyewitness had described the terrorists as acting like "zombies" or the "walking dead".
The terrorists were said to have had a last supper of pizza and chocolate cakes.
Salah Abdeslam was said to have booked the gang's Alfortville accommodation in his own name.
Niama told The Sun that she was horrified to hear of the terror attacks. She said: "It’s possible it was the hash, anything is possible”.
The couple met in a Brussels bar in 2004 and wed at a civil ceremony two years later in front of 20 guests. Abdeslam's train driver dad Abdaramane, mother Yamina, and brother Salah did not attend.
The relationship soon fell apart Niama said, because of Abdeslam's laziness. She said: “His favourite activities were smoking weed and sleeping." The couple split-up in 2008, but did not get divorced until 2013".
The couple never had children, Niama said, because Abdeslam, a qualified electrician, was too lazy to get a job, spending his days at home watching DVDs and listening to Arabic hip-hop.
Naima said Abdeslam had been a troublemaker when he was young and had twice been jailed for theft. The first time, for three months, the second, for six months.
When Abdeslam eventually got a job, running a bar in his home district of Molenbeek, Belgium, the venue got a bad reputation among locals. It became known as a drugs den, The Sun reported.Suggest a correction