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Paris attacks fatalities were ‘nothing personal’, key suspect tells court

A key suspect of the 2015 Paris attacks told the court that the 130 fatalities were “nothing personal”.

Salah Abdeslam, who appeared in court wearing all black along with a black mask, which he declined to remove, was the last of the 14 defendants who were present in the courtroom at the Palais de Justice in Paris.

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Salah Abdeslam is the ninth and only surviving attacker, who conducted the assaults in the name of the so-called Islamic State.

On the night of November 13th 2015, nine IS gunmen and suicide bombers attacked several locations around Paris in what was the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II.

Abdeslam said that the attacks were carried out in revenge for French airstrikes in Iraq and Syria.

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“We fought France, we attacked France, we targeted the civilian population. It was nothing personal against them,”.

Acknowledging that his statement may be shocking, Abdeslam said that “it is not to dig the knife deeper in the wound but to be sincere towards those who are suffering immeasurable grief.”

IMAGE – Christophe Meneboeuf

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