Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam 'changed suicide bomb plan'

    Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam 'changed suicide bomb plan'

    March 20, Paris: French prosecutor has said that Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has admitted he wanted to blow himself up but then changed his mind.

    The Paris attacks in November left 130 people dead and dozens injured.

    Abdeslam, 26, has been charged with terrorism offences in Belgium a day after he was seized in a dramatic raid. He will fight extradition to France but has been co-operating with police, his lawyer says.

    The so-called Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the bombings and shootings.

    According to Belgium's federal prosecutor's office, Abdeslam is charged with participation in terrorist murder and the activities of a terrorist group.

    Talking at a news conference, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said, "Salah Abdeslam today during questioning by [Belgian] investigators affirmed
    that, and I quote, 'he wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and that he had backed down'."

    Abdeslam's assertions should be treated with caution, he added.

    Abdeslam, French national, born in Belgium, is in custody following his arrest in Brussels on Friday after four months on the run.

    Investigators hope Abdeslam, who was shot in the leg during his arrest, will reveal more information about the IS network behind the Paris attacks, its financing and plans.

    The Oslo Times


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