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The only surviving French terror suspect from 2015 attack sentenced to 20 years in jail

The only surviving French terror suspect from 2015 attack sentenced to 20 years in jail

Alleged accomplice of the November 2015 Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam, Sofiane Ayari, is escorted by Belgian police officers as he arrives in a courtroom on the second day of the trial of Salah Abdeslam and Sofiane Ayari at the courthouse in Brussels, on February 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Didier LEBRUN (Photo credit should read DIDIER LEBRUN/AFP/Getty Images) PARIS — Salah Abdeslam, the only survivor of the cell alleged to have carried out the November 2015 Paris terror attacks, has been jailed for 20 years over a shootout with Belgian police days before he was arrested.

A Belgian court found Abdeslam guilty of attempted murder in a “terrorist context”, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor confirmed.

Abdeslam was involved in a confrontation with police in the Forest suburb of Brussels in March 2016, four months after the attacks on a Paris concert hall and restaurants left 130 people dead.

His co-defendant Sofien Ayari also received a 20-year sentence.

Abdeslam, a Belgian-born French national, was arrested three days after the shootout, in which four police officers were injured. Police found him in Molenbeek, another area of the Belgian capital, where his family live.

Neither of the two accused appeared in court […]

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