Paris attacks: Suspect pulled over but released

A MAN who is believed to be one of the gunmen involved in Friday's bloody attacks in Paris was pulled over briefly by police near the French-Belgian border on Saturday morning, but was later released.

French police today issued an arrest warrant for Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national who is thought to be one of the three brothers who took part in the attacks, which killed at least 129 people.

Salah rented the Volkswagen Polo which was parked outside the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were murdered during an Eagles of Death Metal concert.

Speaking to the Associated Press, four French officials said he was one of three people travelling in a car which was stopped at the French-Belgian border, around 120 miles from Paris, early on Saturday morning, hours after he had been identified as the renter of the car.

He was questioned and his ID was checked, but he was later released and is now the focus of an international manhunt.

One of the brothers, named as Ibrahim, died on Friday, and another unnamed brother has been arrested in Brussels, one of seven men arrested in the Belgian capital in connection with the attacks.

Since the attacks, police have found three Kalashnikov assault rifles and ammunition inside a car that was abandoned in the Parisian suburb of Montreuil. It is also thought to have been rented to one of the brothers.

Salah is thought to be the third brother. French police described him as "dangerous", and urged the public not to approach him if they spot him.

French police have put out a photo of a fugitive in the Paris terror attacks, saying the suspect is on the run and too dangerous for anyone outside law enforcement to engage directly.

Police identified the man suspected of renting the car that delivered attackers to the Bataclan concert hall as Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels. "Do not intervene yourself," warns the message.

Abdeslam was thought to be directly involved in the attacks, which killed more than 129 people and wounded hundreds in the worst violence in France in decades, French security officials said.

He is one of three brothers believed to be involved in the killings; one was arrested in Belgium and another died in the attack, the first official said.

Abdeslam rented the black Volkswagen Polo used by the group of terrorists who left at least 89 people dead inside the Bataclan, another official said. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Seven people were detained yesterday in Belgium in connection with deadly attacks in Paris as the city entered three days of mourning. AAP today reported that the death toll had risen to 132.

Thousands of French troops were deployed and tourist sites were shut in one of the most visited cities on Earth as more details of the investigation emerged.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Friday's gun and bomb attacks on a stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes that also wounded 350 people, 99 of them seriously.

As many as three of the seven suicide bombers who died in the attacks were French citizens, as was at least one of the men arrested in Belgium.

A French police official said a suicide attacker identified by a skin sample was believed to have been living in the Paris suburbs before the attacks.

A Belgian official said two of the seven people wired with suicide vests were French men living in Brussels, and among those arrested was another French citizen living in the Belgian capital.

The new information stoked fears of homegrown terrorism in a country that has exported more jihadis than any other in Europe. All three gunmen in the January attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher supermarket in Paris were French.

This time, three teams of attackers were involved and seven suicide bombers blew themselves up - three near the stadium, three at the concert hall and one not far from it, authorities said.

A Brussels parking ticket found inside the Volkswagen Polo parked outside the Bataclan concert hall led to one of the men arrested in Belgium, according to a French police official.

Three Kalashnikovs were found inside the other car used in the attacks, a Seat, found in Montreuil, 6km east of the French capital, according.

A Belgian official said the seven people detained would learn later whether they would be held longer in custody. Three other people had earlier been arrested in Belgium.

The Belgian official said two of the seven attackers who died in Paris were French men living in Brussels. One had been living in the Molenbeek neighbourhood, considered a focal point for religious extremism and fighters going to Syria.



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