Manhunt Underway for Paris Terror Suspect Who Was Stopped and Released By Police After Attack
French police have issued a wanted poster for a Belgian-born man they say was directly associated with the attacks that rocked Paris and the world on Friday.
Salah Abdeslam, who allegedly drove the attackers to the Bataclan Concert Hall on Friday, is still on the loose and described as dangerous, according to French authorities.
Despite reports that the 26-year-old had been arrested in Brussels on Monday, the Belgian prosecutor's office denied that was the case. A manhunt continued for Abdeslam on Monday.
Police discovered a suspected getaway car abandoned with three AK-47s inside on Sunday after seven attackers died in the assault Friday that left 132 innocent people dead.
It emerged on Sunday that Abdeslam was stopped by Belgium-France border officials before they were informed he was a suspect.
Abdeslam's name was used to rent the suspected getaway car but he was let go by officials before that information--and his international arrest warrant--could reach them.
According to BBC, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the attacks had been prepared "by a group of individuals based in Belgium" who had "benefited from accomplices in France."
Police believe Abdeslam brother, Ibrahim Abdeslam, helped carry out the attacks. Ibrahim was killed during one of the attacks, according to the New York Times.
A third brother, Mohammed Abdeslam was reportedly arrested in Belgium following the siege. He has since been released.
As a manhunt for Abdeslam continued, French police warned citizens not to approach him as he is considered very dangerous.
On Monday, 27-year-old Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who has featured in ISIS propaganda videos, was named as the suspected mastermind behind the attacks.
Abaaoud, who was born to Moroccan immigrant parents and grew up in Brussels, was also linked to the attempted attack on a Paris-bound train this summer, which was ultimately thwarted with the help of three Americans.
"He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe," a source told Reuters.