The key acknowledgment of attacks reported on Wednesday that the Islamic statee which hit the town was attacking France , and that the deaths of 130 people were " nothing personal. "
Dressed in black and refusing to remove his mask black, Salah Abdeslam was the last of 14 defendants present in the custom-built courtroom to speak.
Nine gunmen and suicide bombers from the Islamic State group struck each other within minutes of each other. at several locations around Paris on November 13, 2015, starting at the National Football Stadium and ending with a bloodbath in the Bataclan concert hall. It was the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II and one of the worst terrorist attacks to hit the West.
This ccourtroom roquis shows the main defendant, Salah Abdeslam, in the special courtroom built for the trial of the 2015 bombings on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in Paris. (Noelle Herrenschmidt via AP)
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Abdeslam is the only survivor of this cell, most of whose members were French or Belgian. He fled the city after throwing away his faulty life jacket. The two people he called to cross the near t from Brussels to Paris and pick him up are among the 20 men on trial. Six are on trial in absentia.
Abdeslam said the attack was revenge for French airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
"We fought against France, we havens attacked France, we targeted civilians There was nothing personal against them, "Abdeslam said. " I know my statement may be shocking, but it 's not about drive the knife deeper into the wound but be sincere with those who suffer immeasurable grief. "
The same network hit l Brussels airport and metro in March 2016, killing 32 more people. Mohammed Abrini, also on trial in Paris, left Paris the night before he attacked in November 2015 but participated in the Brussels bombing. acknowledged his role on Wednesday.
"In this evil that happened in France, I am neither the commander nor the architect. I did not provide any logistical or financial assistance "said Abrini.