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Brother of key Paris suspect says doesn't know where he is

AFP , Monday 16 Nov 2015
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The brother of wanted Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam said on Monday that he did not know where he was, adding that his sibling was a "normal lad".

"As far as my brother is concerned, we don't know where he is right now," Mohamed Abdeslam told Belgium's RTL television at his family home in Brussels after he was released by police without charge after two days in detention.

"He grew up here, studied here, he is a totally normal lad."

France says that the "dangerous" Salah Abdeslam is wanted in connection with Friday's attacks in Paris and that a third brother, Brahim, was one of the suicide attackers who launched Friday's carnage.

A major police raid in the impoverished immigrant district of Molenbeek in western Brussels targeting Salah ended without any arrests on Monday.

Belgian police had detained Mohamed Abdeslam on Saturday as part of a wave of arrests but he was freed on Monday along with four other suspects. Two further suspects were charged with involvement with terrorism.

"I am one of the brothers but in no way am I linked in any shape or form to what happened on Friday 13," Mohamed, a municipal employee, said hours after his release.

"I have an alibi for Friday night and that's the reason the judge decided to free me.

"We are an open family, we have never had problems with the law. My two brothers have normal attitudes."

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