The first CCTV images of fugitive Salah Abdeslam, who is suspected to have been part of the Paris attacks last year, were reportedly released by French media Monday. The pictures were captured by surveillance cameras at a petrol station in northern France on the morning of Nov. 14, a day after the Paris attacks.
The photos, which were published by the French BFM TV, a local news network, reportedly show Abdeslam along with his friend Hamza Attou. The two looked relaxed as Abdeslam was seen walking with his hands in his pockets at the petrol station, BBC reported. Abdeslam is believed to have called his two friends, Mohammed Amri and Attou, from Paris early on Nov. 14 to come and pick him up and take him to Belgium. Amri and Attou, who later dropped off Abdeslam in the district of Laeken in Brussels, were arrested in Molenbeek the next day, while the 26-year-old suspect is still on the run.
Investigators believe that Abdeslam played a role in providing logistics to the attackers and also hired cars that were used by the terrorists. On Nov. 13, several coordinated shootings and suicide bombings in the French capital claimed the lives of 130 people. The Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Abdeslam's images surface just days after a Belgian prosecutor said that a fingerprint of the fugitive was found at an apartment raided by police on Dec. 10. Federal prosecutor Eric Van der Sypt reportedly said that the residence may have been used by Abdeslam as a hideout and also served as a bomb factory for the Paris attacks.
Police have conducted a massive manhunt for Abdeslam, who according to many reports may have fled to ISIS-stronghold Syria. Several people have been arrested and charged for helping Abdeslam enter Belgium after the Paris attacks.