The brother of Salah Abdeslam, the alleged only surviving ISIS member of the Paris attackers, has outrageously claimed that his sibling refused to blow himself up at the Stade de France because he actually wanted to save lives.
Mohamed Abdeslam has spoken out following his brother’s capture and arrest on March 18, claiming that Salah told him ‘he couldn’t go through with it’.
According to the Daily Mail, Salah reportedly told his brother:
There would have been more victims had I done it. Luckily, I couldn’t go through with it.
An undetonated suicide belt, thought to have belonged to Abdeslam, was found dumped close to the Stade de France, where three other men blew themselves up on November 13 as part of the horrific coordinated terrorist attacks across Paris.
According to reports, Salah Abdeslam has frequently tried to blame the killing on other ISIS operatives, saying that he simply provided hire cars and other logistics, such as driving the attackers across the border from Eastern Europe.
Before he was captured, there were fears that Abdeslam may have fled to Syria but it appears he may have been fearful of returning to the ISIS heartland, in case he became a target himself after not going ahead with the attack in Paris.
Abdeslam is now said to be cooperating with authorities and the 26-year-old will soon be extradited from Belgium to France. He continues to deny any role in the recent Brussels bombings, the Guardian reports.
Whether his story is true or not, Abdeslam’s words won’t bring any comfort to the families and friends of the 130 people who were killed in the attacks, by mass murderers who Salah allegedly aided and abetted.