UPDATE: 3:12 p.m. EST: Greek officials say two men linked with the attacks in Paris were registered as migrants in Greece, according to a tweet by Agence France-Presse.
#BREAKING Two migrants sought over Paris attacks registered in Greece: police
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 14, 2015
A Greek government minister said the holder of a Syrian passport discovered near the body of one of the gunmen who was killed by police during the terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night traveled through Greece in October, Reuters reported. “The holder of the passport passed through the island of Leros on Oct. 3, 2015, where he was identified according to [European Union] rules,” said Nikos Toscas, Greece’s deputy minister in charge of policing.
Police in Greece and other European countries are currently checking to see whether any of the suspects in the terrorist attacks appear in their respective databases. At this point, two Egyptian passports and one Syrian passport have been found on or near the bodies of those alleged to have committed the shootings at the Bataclan theater and bombed other areas in and around Paris.
Official: Passport holder whose ID was found on a Paris attacker landed in Greece last month on a boat from Syria https://t.co/zVJT2ymxCi
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 14, 2015
While the Greek police source would not give the passport holder's name, officials said he is a young man who arrived on the island of Leros with a group of 70 refugees and had his fingerprints taken by authorities.
The minister's comments could be true since hundreds of thousands of Syrians passed through Greece in the last year, and continue to do so. The Greek government has long complained about being forced to take so many refugees and has a vested interest in influencing the EU to harden its stance on allowing those people into bloc.
The Syrian national, whose name has not yet been released by the authorities, was part of Islamic State group attack on various locations around Paris that saw 129 killed and 352 wounded, 99 critically. Most of those deaths occurred at the Bataclan theater in central Paris, where hostages were indiscriminately gunned down until SWAT teams moved in in the early hours of Saturday morning local time.