Nearly a month after the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people, suspect Salah Abdeslam's whereabouts remain unknown. Authorities launched a regional manhunt for Abdeslam, but few details of the search have been made public.
He is believed to have possibly escaped to Syria, a source close to the investigation and a counterterrorism source told CNN last week. Investigators have been on the hunt for the Belgian-born French national since shortly after the Nov. 13 attacks. French National Police issued an arrest warrant for Abdeslam about three weeks ago. Authorities, warning that Abdeslam was dangerous, urged individuals to refrain from interacting with him.
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Abdeslam is suspected of helping to orchestrate the Paris attacks, which resulted in the deaths of 130 people and injuries to hundreds of others. Police have not released information about Abdeslam's role, but prosecutor François Molins said the suspect rented one of the cars used in the attacks and drove suicide bombers to the Stade de France, where they blew themselves up. Abdeslam is also believed to have bought detonators from a fireworks shop, a source close to the investigation said, according to CNN. The detonators cost less than $11 each.
The day after the attack, the 26-year-old reportedly drove out of Franc, and was allowed to continue as he was not a suspect at the time. Authorities across Europe have been on the lookout for him.
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One of Abdeslam’s brothers, Ibrahim Abdeslam, detonated a suicide vest outside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe during the attacks, but killed no one but himself. Another brother, Mohamed, was arrested Nov. 14 in Brussels and later released.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the Paris terrorist attacks were planned abroad, and the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, has taken responsibility. The coordinated attacks targeted six sites in and around the city, including France’s national stadium and the Bataclan concert venue. It remains unclear how well-coordinated the attacks were with ISIS' leadership based in Syria and Iraq.
Other individuals involved in the Paris attacks, including the supposed ringleader, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, were killed in a French commando raid in the suburb of Saint-Denis on Nov. 18.