Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam chose not to blow himself up in Paris

Paris: The suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, decided not to blow himself up during the wave of killings in the French capital last year, his brother has said.

Salah Abdeslam
Salah Abdeslam

Mohamed Abdeslam said his brother "voluntarily chose not to blow himself up" along with the other ISIS jihadists, who killed 130 people in gun and suicide bomb attacks in November.

"If I wanted, there would have been more victims," Salah Abdeslam had told his brother from prison in northern Belgium, according to Belgian media chain BFMTV. "Luckily, I did not follow through."

Salah Abdeslam, the sole surviving suspect in the November attacks in Paris, was arrested in Brussels on March 18 after four months on the run as Europe's most wanted man. He is believed to have acted as a logistics coordinator and told investigators he was meant to carry out a suicide bombing at the Stade de France stadium, but backed out.

Belgium charges third suspect

Brussels: Belgium has charged a third suspect with terrorist activities over a foiled plot to attack France. The federal prosecutor's office named the suspect only as 35-year-old YA, but gave no more details. "He has been charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group."

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