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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam charged over Brussels shootout

Published 21/04/2016

Belgian army soldiers patrol in the EU quarter of Brussels (AP)
Belgian army soldiers patrol in the EU quarter of Brussels (AP)

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been charged with attempted murder over a shootout with police that took place last month in Brussels.

The new charge was made public in a statement from Belgian federal prosecutors.

Four police officers were fired on and slightly injured when they arrived on March 15 to search what they thought was an empty apartment in the Forest district.

Police fatally shot an Algerian suspect, and Abdeslam's fingerprints were found.

Three days later, Abdeslam was arrested in another Brussels hideout.

Abdeslam is a key suspect in the November 13 attacks that killed 130 people in Paris.

Belgian police have also been questioning him about potential links to the three suicide bombers who attacked Brussels' airport and subway on March 22, killing 32 people.

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