Only Surviving Paris Attack Suspect Goes on Trial

Salah Abdeslam is being tried for Brussels shootout
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 5, 2018 12:11 AM CST
Only Surviving Paris Attack Suspect Goes on Trial
Police await a convoy carrying Salah Abdeslam at the Brussels Justice Palace in Brussels on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018.   (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

The only surviving member of the ISIS cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 is appearing in public for the first time since his arrest nearly two years ago. Salah Abdeslam goes on trial in his hometown of Brussels on charges of attempted murder for a police shootout from which he fled, the AP reports. The man who covered for his getaway with a spray of automatic gunfire died. Abdeslam's escape was short-lived—he was captured on March 18, 2016, in the same neighborhood where he and many of his ISIS fighter colleagues grew up. Abdeslam arrived in the Belgian capital on Monday morning after being transferred from a prison in France.

Security is high at the Brussels courthouse, with armed guards and multiple checkpoints leading to the courtroom where Abdeslam is to appear. Abdeslam has refused to speak to investigators in France about the attack there that killed 130. Days after his capture, extremists struck in Brussels. In total, 162 people died in the two attacks. The trial relates to the 2016 shooting in Brussels, some four months after the Paris attacks. Abdeslam and two suspects were hiding in an apartment when police arrived for a routine search. Three officers were wounded in the shootout that followed and one suspect was killed. Abdeslam was captured a few days later in the flashpoint Brussels neighborhood of Molenbeek.

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