Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam ‘refused to blow himself up’

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 said

His brother Mohamed Abdeslam made the statement while speaking to French BFMTV after meeting Salah in his Belgian prison cell where he is awaiting extradition to France.

“There would have been more victims had I done it,” Salah told him. “Luckily, I couldn’t go through with it.”

The gun and bomb attacks on a concert hall, a stadium, restaurants and bars on November 13 last year killed at least 130 people, BBC reported.

Abdeslam, 26, was arrested last month in Belgium four days before bomb attacks in Brussels on March 22 that killed 34 people.

Police believe the same militant network was behind attacks in both cities.

The French national, born in Belgium, had apparently been hiding in Brussels for more than four months.

After his arrest, Abdeslam was initially questioned over his alleged role in the Paris attacks.

But after the suicide bombings in the Belgian capital, he chose to exercise his right to silence.

After meeting him in the Bruges prison, Mohamed Abdeslam said his brother had told him he wanted to co-operate with French authorities because he “is accountable to the French, but not to the Belgians” — a reference to the Belgian attacks.

However, Belgian authorities said that Abdeslam has links to at least two of the Brussels bombers.

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