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Sept. 8 2021

A court trial began on Wednesday into the November 2015 terrorist attacks on Paris, which left some 130 people killed and hundreds wounded when gunmen with suicide vests targeted six bars and restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall, and a sports stadium.

Salah Abdeslam, the 31-year old French-Moroccan believed to be the only surviving member of the group suspected of carrying out the attacks, was among 20 men on trial.

The attacks took place during the evening of November 13, 2015, and have left deep scars on the French national psyche.

Abdeslam is one of 20 men accused of involvement in the attacks. Dressed in black, he took his seat behind a reinforced glass partition in a purpose-built courtroom shortly before the long-awaited trial was due to start.

During the attack, gunmen with suicide vests attacked six bars and restaurants, the Bataclan concert hall, and a sports stadium.

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Suspect in 2015 Paris attacks says deaths of 130 people 'nothing personal’

Sept. 15 2021

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An artist's sketch shows Salah Abdeslam, one of the accused, who is widely-believed to be the only surviving member of the group suspected of carrying out the Paris' November 2015 attacks, on the first day of trial at the Paris courthouse on the Ile de la Cite in Paris, France, September 8, 2021. (Reuters)

The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday that the ISIS network which struck the city was attacking France, and that the deaths of 130 people was “nothing personal.”

Wearing all black and declining to remove his black mask, Salah Abdeslam was the last of the 14 defendants present in the custom-built courtroom to speak.

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Abdeslam said the attack was revenge for French airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

“We fought France, we attacked France, we targed the civilian population. It was nothing personal against them," Abdeslam said. "I know my statement may be shocking, but it is not to dig the knife deeper in the wound but to be sincere towards those who are suffering immeasurable grief.”

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