Paris attacks suspect Abdeslam charged over Brussels shootout

BRUSSELS: Key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been charged over a deadly shootout with police in Brussels a week before the suicide blasts in the Belgian capital, his lawyer said Thursday.


“He has been charged with attempted murder either alone or jointly,” lawyer Sven Mary told AFP when asked about Abdeslam, who is due to be extradited to France in coming days.

One Islamist suspect was killed and four police were wounded in the gunbattle at an apartment in the Forest district on March 15, three days before Abdeslam was arrested and a week before the March 22 Brussels attacks.