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Salah Abdeslam charged with attempted murder for shooting police

By Andrew V. Pestano
Salah Abdeslam, who is set to be extradited to France over his alleged role in the November Islamic State attacks in Paris, was charged on Thursday with attempted murder for a Brussels shooting. Photo courtesy of Belgian Federal Police
Salah Abdeslam, who is set to be extradited to France over his alleged role in the November Islamic State attacks in Paris, was charged on Thursday with attempted murder for a Brussels shooting. Photo courtesy of Belgian Federal Police

BRUSSELS, April 21 (UPI) -- Salah Abdeslam, the only Islamic State militant believed to have survived the Paris attacks in November, has been charged with attempted murder over a shootout with police days before his capture.

Four Belgian police officers were injured and one of Abdeslam's suspected accomplices was killed in the March 15 shootout in Brussels' Forest district. Abdeslam was captured three days later in the suburb of Molenbeek -- ending a a four-month-long manhunt.

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Abdeslam, 26, was arrested before the Brussels bombings took place on March 22, when 32 people were killed. He is considered to be the sole survivor of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, in which 130 people were killed in coordinated bombings and shootings. Both attacks were claimed by the Islamic State.

Abdeslam is expected to be extradited to France in the coming days to face charges in the Paris attacks.

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