The 11-year-old girl killed in a shooting ‘came from the richest family in the Antwerp underworld’: here’s what we know
According to our colleagues from HLN, little Firdaous comes from a family of drug barons. His mother, Naziha, is believed to be the older sister of Othman, Younes and Nordin El B. Naziha’s brothers are not unknown to the police and intelligence services. They have already had to deal with justice on several occasions within the framework of investigations into the world of drugs. Since the hack of the Sky ECC chat service, investigators say it is clear that Othman and Younes are pulling the strings of the Antwerp drug scene from Dubai, say our Flemish colleagues.
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However, Naziha’s family seem out of it all. The neighborhood describes a friendly and irreproachable family. Apart from the eldest son, Mohamed El J., suspected of being linked to his famous uncle Othman, possible cause of the attack on Monday evening. Bart de Wever had also described Baron Othman’s family as “the richest in the Antwerp underworld”
“There will definitely be a reaction”
Othman EB, the uncle of the child shot dead in Merksem on Monday evening, told the Gazet van Antwerpen newspaper on Tuesday that his family will respond to the tragedy without resorting to violence. “We will search for the perpetrators with the police and the justice system,” said the 30-something wanted for drug trafficking, supposedly from Dubai.
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The mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever (N-VA) said on Monday evening that the family targeted by the attack is known in the drug scene and that the incident must be considered in this context. He said he feared reprisals. “There will certainly be a reaction,” Othman EB told Gazet van Antwerpen. “But not as the burgomaster imagines. History has already shown us countless examples of avengers and it never ended well for them.” The victim’s uncle further denies having any connection with the “underworld” or violence.
Othman EB has never been convicted in Belgium for drug trafficking, unlike his younger brother Younes, who is also wanted by the judicial authorities. He believes that the perpetrators of attacks like the one on Monday should be punished more severely. “People who commit attacks are sentenced to three-year suspended sentences,” he laments.
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