Death of 130 “nothing personal”

PARIS – The main defendant in the 2015 Paris bombings trial said on Wednesday that the Islamic State network that struck the city was attacking France and that the deaths of 130 people were “nothing personal”.

Dressed in black and refusing to remove his black mask, Salah Abdeslam was the last of 14 defendants in the custom-built courtroom to speak.

Nine gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State group shot down minutes apart in several locations around Paris on November 13, 2015, starting at the National Football Stadium and ending with a bloodbath inside. the Bataclan concert hall. It was the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II and one of the worst terrorist attacks to hit the West.

Abdeslam is the only survivor of this cell, most of the members of which were French or Belgian. He fled the city after throwing away his faulty suicide vest. The two people he called to drive from Brussels to Paris at night and pick him up are among the 20 men on trial. Six are tried in absentia.

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