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Last living suspect from Paris attacks gets 20 years for Belgium gun battle

By Ed Adamczyk
Last living suspect from Paris attacks gets 20 years for Belgium gun battle
Salah Abdelsan, pictured on a wanted poster, was given a 20-year sentence Monday for a conviction of attempted murder. Abdelsan is the last living suspect in the 2015 Paris terror attacks. Photo courtesy Belgian Federal Police

April 23 (UPI) -- The last living suspect in the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks received a 20-year sentence Monday for his involvement in a gunfight with Belgian police.

Salah Abdeslam was tried and convicted of attempted murder for his role in a 2016 shootout with police, as they came to search a house where he was hiding in March 2016.

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One accomplice was killed, but Abdeslam and co-defendant Sofien Ayari escaped.

Abdeslam was captured three days later in Brussels' Molenbeek neighborhood.

Ayari also received a 20-year sentence Monday after his conviction. Neither man appeared in court to hear their punishment.

Abdeslan's 2016 arrest marked the end of a four-month manhunt. He was extradited to France in 2016 and remains in custody as he awaits a trial for his alleged involvement in a night of terror in Paris.

Large-scale coordinated attacks -- which included bombings and shootings -- on Nov. 13, 2015, killed 130 people and injured more than 400 others. It was the deadliest terrorist attack in modern French history.

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