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Key Paris Attacks Suspect 'Won't Fight Extradition' From Belgium

Salah Abdeslam

The lawyer of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam says his client won't fight extradition from Belgium to France.

Sven Mary said on March 24 that Abdeslam "wishes to leave for France as quickly as possible" so he could "explain himself in France."

Abdeslam is a key suspect in November's Paris attacks, which left 130 people dead.

Mary said Abdeslam didn't have prior knowledge about the suicide bombings that rocked Brussels on March 22, four days after he was arrested in a police raid in the Belgian capital.

The attacks at Brussels airport and on a subway train, in which at least 31 people were killed, are thought to be linked to the Paris-attacks network.

Both attacks were claimed by Islamic State militants.

Belgian authorities say Ibrahim el-Bakraoui blew himself up in the attack at Brussels' Zaventem airport, while his brother Khalid struck at the Maelbeek subway station.

Reports say another airport attacker was the wanted militant Najim Laachraoui, whose DNA was found on explosives linked to the Paris attacks.

An unidentified third suspected airport attacker is on the run.

Police sources say a second suspect in the suicide attack on the subway is also being sought.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and AP