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Paris Terror Attacks: World's most wanted man entered Austria in September for 'unknown reasons'

Francois Murphy

Published 17/11/2015 | 11:53

Inset: Abdeslam Salah
Inset: Abdeslam Salah
Salah Abdeslam

A suspect in Friday's deadly attacks in Paris travelled to Austria from Germany in September for unknown reasons, Austria's interior minister told ORF radio on Tuesday.

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ORF said the suspect was Belgian-born Frenchman Salah Abdeslam, 26, who escaped back to Belgium early on Saturday and eluded a police dragnet in the Brussels neighbourhood of Molenbeek, where he lived with his two brothers.

One of those brothers died in the Paris assault, while a other was arrested at the weekend but later released.

"One of the presumed culprits entered Austria from Germany in September," Austria's Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner told ORF. "Now the question is where did he stay in Austria, and for what purpose. The investigative work is fully underway."

ORF said Abdeslam attracted attention during a vehicle check in early September.

"He said he was going on holiday in Vienna, but there are no further details yet," Mikl-Leitner said. 

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