Manhunt underway for terror suspect who was let go by police


Salah Abdeslam

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PARIS – Authorities are hunting for a Belgium-born French national who’s one of three brothers suspected in the Paris terror attacks.

Belgian and French officials want to know where Salah Abdeslam is, and Belgium has issued an international warrant for him.

French police released his photo and warned people not to interact with him, saying that he is dangerous.

Investigators haven’t said much about how they believe Abdeslam is tied to Friday’s series of shootings and explosions in the French capital.

Jean Thoreau, a spokesman for Belgium’s Federal Prosecutor, said Abdeslam is one of three brothers suspected of involvement in the attacks. One of the brothers was killed in the attacks, and another was arrested by Belgian police, Thoreau said.

Salah Abdeslam had been questioned by French police earlier but was not detained, a source close to the investigation into the Paris attacks said.  He was driving in the direction of the Belgian border when stopped by police and questioned, the source said. Now, his whereabouts are unknown.

The Paris attacks killed at least 129 people and wounded more than 350 others, many of them seriously. The Agence France-Presse news agency reported a higher death toll Sunday but later reverted back to the earlier figure.

The Islamic terror group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the slaughter, which France’s President described as “an act of war.”

French fighter jets struck ISIS targets in the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday in what officials called a major bombardment. Authorities made a number of arrests linked to the attacks in Belgium, and investigators homed in on an abandoned car with weapons found in eastern Paris.

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