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Transfer of Paris attacks suspect ‘will take weeks’

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Extraditing Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam from Belgium to France is likely to take several weeks, as investigators question him about a shootout with police in Brussels last month, his lawyer said on Thursday.
“He will be handed over to France in several weeks. He must first be heard in another case,” lawyer Sven Mary told reporters, referring to a March 15 shootout in which Abdeslam is implicated.
Abdeslam is believed to be the sole survivor of the group which carried out coordinated suicide bomb and gun attacks in Paris in November that killed 130 people and were claimed by the IS group.
Abdeslam, a 26-year-old French national who grew up in Brussels, is thought to have fled from an apartment in the Forest district of Brussels when it was raided by police on March 15.
The raid triggered a shootout that killed terror suspect Mohamed Belkaid, an Algerian.

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