Salah Abdeslam: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Salah Abdeslam, 26, is wanted by French authorities in connection with the November 13, 2015, terror attacks in Paris. (Police Nationale )

A 26-year-old man is wanted by police who believe he was one of the gunmen in Friday’s terror attacks in Paris.

Salah Abdeslam is on the run, French police say. His brother, Ibrahim Abdeslam, is also believed to have taken part in the attacks. Teams of terrorists killed at least 129 people at several locations across Paris, including the Bataclan theater, the national soccer stadium and outside of restaurants.

A third brother was arrested in Belgium, The Guardian reports.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Police have launched a massive search for associates of the attackers, detaining suspects in France and Belgium.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Abdeslam Was Questioned & Released by Police After the Attacks

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Forensic police search for evidences outside the La Belle Equipe cafe, rue de Charonne. (Getty)

Salah Abdeslam was questioned by police and released in the hours after the attacks, the Associated Press reports. Police pulled over a car near the Belgian border along with three other people. They checked his ID and let him go. Police had already determined Abdeslam had rented one of the cars abandoned at the scene of the attacks when he was stopped.

Abdeslam was living in Brussels, Belgium, according to The Guardian.

He is French, police say.


2. Police Say He Is Armed & Dangerous

A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet following an attack at rue Bichat. (Getty)

A victim lies on the ground covered by a white sheet following an attack at rue Bichat. (Getty)

Police warn that Abdeslam is to be considered armed and dangerous.

“Do not intervene on your own, under any circumstances,” police said.


3. His Brother Is Believed to Have Been Killed During the Attacks

People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near Place de la Republique square. (Getty)

People run after hearing what is believed to be explosions or gun shots near Place de la Republique square. (Getty)

Abdeslam’s brother, Ibrahim, who was also living in Beligum, is believed to have died while carrying out the attacks, the New York Times reports. Police said several of the eight suspects detonated suicide vests.

A third brother, who has not been named, was taken into custody in Brussels.


4. Salah Abdeslam Is Believed to Have Rented the Cars for the Attacks

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The Bataclan cafe near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris after the attack Friday night. (Getty)

According to The Guardian, Salah Abdeslam was the logistics coordinator for the attackers and rented the cars used in the attacks.

Abdeslam is believed to have escaped from the city in one of the cars used in the attack. The car was found in one of the city’s suburbs.

Police say three teams of terrorists carried out the attacks, which began with a suicide bombing at the French national soccer stadium, where France was playing Germany. Gunmen then drove to an area of popular restaurants and bars and opened fire on people eating dinner outside on an unusually warm Paris night. A third team then stormed the Bataclan theater, which was sold out as an American rock band played.


5. At Least 1 Other Attacker Was Also Living in Brussels

Police are seen outside a restaurant in 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. (Getty)

Police are seen outside a restaurant in 10th arrondissement of the French capital Paris. (Getty)

Investigators believe at least one other attacker, Bilal Hadfi, lived in Brussels with the brothers.

Another attacker has been identified as Omar Ismail Mostefai, 29, a native of France who was living about 60 miles southwest of Paris, along with two other suspects, the New York Times reports.

At least seven people, including an unnamed brother of Salah and Ibrahim Abdeslam, have been detained in Belgium in connection with the attacks.


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