Report: Abdeslam downplays his role in Paris attacks

Salah Abdeslam, who was arrested in Brussels for involvement in the November terrorist attacks in Paris, has downplayed his role in the attacks during questioning, Le Monde newspaper reported Saturday.

The report said that he identified the planner of the attacks as Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was killed in a police raid a few days after the attacks.

"It is Abaaoud. I know that from my brother Brahim. He was the one who told me that Abaaoud was the one in charge," the newspaper quoted Abdeslam as saying, citing police transcripts.

The public prosecutor in Brussels refused to confirm the report when asked.

Last update: Sat, 26/03/2016 - 11:17

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