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Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam charged with attempted murder over Belgium shootout

This undated file photo released Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, by French Police shows 26-year old Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue.
This undated file photo released Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, by French Police shows 26-year old Salah Abdeslam, who is wanted by police in connection with recent terror attacks in Paris, as police investigations continue. Police Nationale via AP

BRUSSELS – 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 Thursday from Belgian federal prosecutors.

Four police officers were fired on and slightly injured when they arrived March 15 to search what they thought was a vacant apartment in the Forest district. Police fatally shot an Algerian suspect, and Abdeslam’s fingerprints were found.

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

Abdeslam is a key suspect in the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 victims in Paris. Belgian police have also been questioning him about potential links to the three suicide bombers who attacked the Brussels Airport and subway on March 22, killing 32 victims.

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