Paris Attacks Mastermind Tells Police He Planned to Be Suicide Bomber

Salah Abdeslam says he changed his mind and abandoned his suicide vest after driving other attackers to Paris.

A photo of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, released by the French police.
A photo of Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam, released by the French police.Credit: Twitter screenshot

REUTERS - Salah Abdeslam, the prime surviving suspect for 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.

"Salah Abdesalam today during questioning by investigators affirmed that, and I quote, 'he wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France and that he had backed down'," Francois Molins told reporters, adding that Abdeslam's initial statements should be treated with caution

Molins said that Abdeslam told Belgian investigators that he abandoned his suicide vest the night of the attacks after he drove other attackers to Paris.

Abdeslam was arrested Friday in a police raid in Brussels and questioned Saturday by Belgian authorities.

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