Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam 'will not fight extradition' from Belgium to France
Paris attacks chief suspect Salah Abdeslam has changed his mind and will not fight extradition from Belgium to France, his lawyer has said.
French officials are seeking his extradition to face potential terrorism charges for his involvement in the November 13 attacks on a Paris rock concert, stadium and cafes, which killed 130 people and injured 368, almost 100 seriously.
Several attackers were also killed.
He was arrested and wounded in a raid in the Brussels neighbourhood where he grew up, on Friday.
The chief suspect in last year's deadly Paris terror attacks appeared in court on Thursday in Brussels, amid increasing signs that the same Islamic State cell was behind attacks in both cities.
His lawyer Sven Mary told French Media Abdeslam "wishes to leave for France as quickly as possible" so he could "explain himself in France".
On Tuesday three suicide bombs in Brussels killed 31 people and left hundeds injured.
European security officials said one of the suicide bombers who attacked Brussels airport is a suspected bomb-maker for the Paris attackers.
Meanwhile, Belgian state broadcaster RTBF and France's Le Monde were reporting that a second attacker is suspected of taking part in Tuesday's bombing of a Brussels subway train and may be at large.
Belfast Telegraph Digital