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Salah Abdeslam "wanted to blow himself up": prosecutor

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:17

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam told Belgian police he had planned to blow himself up but had then backed down, Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins says. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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SUBTITLED ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect of November's Paris attacks, told Belgian investigators on Saturday that he had planned to blow himself up on November 13 at the Stade de France but changed his mind, the Paris prosecutor said. Francois Molins, citing a European arrest warrant, 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. Molins said Abdesalam had played a "central role" in the planning and logistics of the gun and bomb attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, and that many questions had yet to be answered in the ongoing investigation. The extradition of Abdeslam, he added, was particularly important for the families and loved ones of the victims in the attacks, to give them some closure as to what happened that bloody Friday night.

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Salah Abdeslam "wanted to blow himself up": prosecutor

Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 01:17