Abdeslam ‘Planned to Blow Himself Up, but Changed Mind’

Prosecutors say Paris suspect told investigators he decided against blowing himself up at the Stade de France stadium Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect for the Paris attacks, has told investigators he planned to blow himself up at the Stade de France but then changed his mind, the Paris prosecutor said. Belgium files charges against Salah Abdesalam “Salah Abdeslam today during questioning by investigators affirmed that, and I quote, ‘he wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and that he had backed down’,” Francois Molins told reporters, adding that Abdeslam’s initial statements should be treated with caution. The prosecutor said that, at worst, it could take three months for Abdeslam to be handed over to France after the 26-year old said he would oppose extradition to his homeland.   Letter from Paris: ‘We want to move on’   Al Jazeera’s Jacky Rowland, reporting from Brussels, said that...

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Paris Attacks Suspect Arrested in Brussels: Reports

Prime suspect Salah Abdeslam captured in police raid, Belgian media outlets reports, following reports of gunfire Salah Abdeslam, a prime suspect in the Paris attacks in November who had been on the run since last year, has been arrested during a police raid in Brussels, according to local media and a government minister. “We got him” said Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration, on Twitter. The Federal Prosecutor’s office also confirmed his arrest, public broadcaster RTBF said. Newspaper Derniere Heure also reported that Abdeslam had been arrested following reports of gunshots being fired during a police raid in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek. Some outlets said that he had been injured during the raid. Earlier in the day, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said Abdeslam’s fingerprints were found during a separate raid on an apartment in Brussels this week. The office said that its investigation was continuing and it would not give...

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